Firstly, we’re not going to drill you if you’re a meat-eater. We’re not about that. We would rather discuss our opinion with you, based on recent studies that continue to surface. And for years, registered dietitians and food scientists have toyed with the perks of eating plants while cutting back on meat, but people are only starting to clue onto it now.
So what are the studies?
A study published in the summer of 2016 noted that plant-based diets have gone mainstream – partly because the advantages have been well researched and healthcare practitioners recommend that this type of lifestyle has had incredible results, especially while helping treat patients for all types of ailments.
Why do we love a plant-based diet?
Because although it seems very overwhelming to give up meat, the sacrifice inevitably opens up doors to become beyond creative in the kitchen with a whole plant-based diet, of variety. Leading Gastroenterologist and New York Times Best Seller of ‘FIber Fueled’, Dr Will Bulsiewicz states ‘when you have a wide, broad mix of plants, you get a wide, broad mix of fiber that supports a wide, broad mix of microbes. Diversity in your plant diet translates into diversity in your microbiome.’ And his attitude is the reason why the plant aisle of your supermarket is a door waiting to open of abundance options of plants.
So should you give up meat?
Well as mentioned, that’s entirely up to you! If you need a study to help encourage you to see why meat could be causing a negative impact to your health, then we can provide you with one. Are you ready for it?
‘Diets high in animal protein have consistently been associated with increased growth of inflammatory microbes like Bilophila wadsworthia, Alistipes, and Bacteroides. These bacteria produce toxins like amines, sulphides and secondary bile salts. Amines cause food sensitivities at the base, and when you char meat, it turns them into carcinogenic heterocyclic amines. Hydrogen bile salts have been associated with ulcerative colitis. Secondary bile salts have been associated with cancer of the colon, oesophagus, stomach, small intestine, liver, pancreas, and biliary tract’ Dr Will Bulsiewicz mentions in his recently published book, Fiber Fueled. So, at the very least it may be time to consider limiting your intake if you want to stick around a little longer.
So, what are the benefits of a plant-based diet?
- It keeps your weight in check: We’re not a community who promotes weight-loss for shallow reasons, we actually know now that a lot of extra weight can cause problems for your internal problems. Just eating ¾ cups of legumes per day for 6 weeks can result in a modest weight loss.
- It can reduce your risk of heart disease: A diet that relies on plant-based foods as opposed to animal-based foods may reduce the risk of up to an impressive 20 percent.
- It can lower your risk of colorectal cancer: Colorectal cancer is now the most common type of cancer in the United States. A study now suggests that people who ate a vegetarian diet had a 22 percent lower risk of colorectal cancer than those who didn’t. Consume whole grains and a variety of plants.
- It can reduce breast cancer: Young women who eat more high-fiber foods, especially fruit and vegetables are most likely to have a significant decrease in risk of getting breast cancer later on in life.
- It can reduce inflammation from autoimmunity issues: It can help lessen the inflammation and symptoms of autoimmunity problems. Whole plant-based foods are loaded with phytonutrients, many of which have anti-inflammatory properties and may help the body heal faster.
- It can extend your life: A study conducted in California found that a vegetarian or vegan diet is associated with lower mortality from all causes other than diets.
Above are some solid reasons why we think a plant-based diet is best for your gut health. If you’re not ready to tap out on meat, the very least you can do is just start adding more plants into your diet and to aim for as much diversity as possible within 7 days.