Plant based Diets and the benefits

Plant based proteins can lower blood pressure. This is due to the lower saturated fat content that comes with plant based proteins compared with that from meats, which can contain high saturated fats. We need to think about reducing our intake of unsaturated fats and replacing them with polyunsaturated fats. Some plant based foods can lower cholesterol, such as legumes and nuts. This then means that you are lowering your risk of suffering from Heart Diseases (Melina, Craig and Levin, 2016) Consuming plant based products will help you with your weight management and blood sugar levels. Plant based diets are often high in fibre. Fibre helps to reduce the digestive bulk of food passing through the system and so gives us a feeling of satiation (feeling full) for much longer than other food nutrients. They can also decrease the amount of insulin that is being released into the blood stream to reduce the sugar levels in the blood – great for diabetics looking for ways to manage their blood sugars. Furthermore, this then lowers the risk of vegetarians developing type 2 diabetes. According to Food and Agriculture Organisation of the Untied Nations, world food production will need to increase by 70% to feed everyone by 2050. Food production will need to double whilst meeting the demands of the rapid population growth and decreasing farm and agricultural lands, energy resources and water. Plant based diets resulting less greenhouse gases like CO2 Methane and Nitrous Oxcide. Beef and lamb meats can have emissions per gram of protein that are about 250 times higher than legumes. 20 servings of vegetables have less greenhouse gases than one serving of beef! (Tilman and Clark, 2014) Animal based foods have higher demands on resources such as water and land than plant based foods. Cows are the Read more…

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