We don’t need to eat meat or animal products to be healthy; in fact the opposite is true! Nutrition experts worldwide are increasingly advising us to boost our consumption of plant-based foods to help reduce bad cholesterol and saturated fats in our diets.
Research has shown there are a number of health benefits from skipping out on the meat, egg and dairy. Health benefits of eating a plant-based diet include:
Here are some of the best sources of the key nutrients essential to a healthy diet:
Improved vision, bone growth and a healthy immune system.
Food examples: Sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, green leafy vegetables, watercress, tomatoes, peppers, mangoes and apricots.
Vitamin B12 does not naturally occur in plant protein and is actually found in nutrient-rich soil. There are many products which are commonly fortified with B12.
Food examples: Yeast extracts (e.g Marmite), nutritional yeast, fortified soya products and breakfast cereals. Alternatively, if it is more convenient, you can take a daily Vitamin B12 supplement which are found in health stores and chemists.
Healthy immune system.
Food examples: Green leafy vegetables, broccoli, oranges and other citrus fruits, cabbage, blackcurrants, potatoes and kiwi fruit.
Strong bones, healthy kidneys and a healthy heart.
Food examples: Fortified breakfast cereals, soy milk, nuts, seeds, tofu, whole-wheat bread, green leafy vegetables and dried fruit.
Increased energy and healthy immune system.
Food examples: Spinach, soy beans, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, tomatoes, pasta, prune juice and lentils.
Strong mind, healthy nervous system and a healthy heart.
Food examples: Flaxseed, chia seeds, hemp seeds, spirulina, certain nuts and green leafy vegetables. Alternatively, if it is more convenient, you can take a supplement which are found in health stores and chemists.
Water balance, lower blood pressure, healthy heart and happier mood.
Food examples: Bananas, pumpkin, potatoes, strawberries, tomatoes, Brazil nuts, chickpeas and oranges.
Healthy immune system and promotes wound healing.
Food examples: Wholegrains, brown rice, beans, lentils, pumpkin, sesame seeds, nuts and tofu.
Energy, cell growth and body repair.
Food examples: Rice, quinoa, tofu, legumes, pulses, wholegrains, soy milk, meat replacements and leafy greens.