There are many great and unexpected advantages to a plant-based diet, with the chance of increased health being one of them. - The Vegan Society
Plant-based diets have been praised for a multitude of benefits, which include a reduced risk of cancer, diabetes and premature death. But it’s important to realize that plant-based diets aren’t all the same: thanks to the prevalence of vegan junk food, some may be full of starchy, salty snacks and sweet treats!
Despite this, it is true that plant-based diets tend to be higher in fiber, which decreases the risk of colorectal cancer. Plant-based eaters also tend to eat seven or more pieces of fruit and vegetables per day, meaning they have a 33% reduced risk of premature death compared with people who eat less than one portion.
Given the wide array of tasty and simple plant-based meals that are bursting with fruit and veg, it’s not surprising that this way of life reap this much health benefits. You also may feel the benefit of lower-calorie meals, which when compared to other dietary groups, means that plant-based eaters are leaner, have lower BMIs and have lower percentages of body fat. All this means is that they’re less likely to get weight-related diseases such as diabetes, have a reduced risk of heart disease and have lower cholesterol, blood pressure and mortality rates.
A plant-based diet reduces the risk of prostate cancer!And that's not all. A recent study conducted by experts at the prestigious Oxford University's Oxford Martin School - who specialize in cross-cutting research on global challenges - have found that by 2050, widespread adoption of plant-based diets would avert 8.1 million premature human deaths every year. This was found to be the case due to factors including the reduction of red and processed meat, which the World Health Organisation has classified as carcinogenic due to the risk of colorectal cancer.
With all that scary stuff out the way, you may also be interested to know there are many benefits to plant-based lifestyle that you could feel right away. Some may experience increased energy, clearer skin, reduced allergy symptoms, stronger hair and nails, and relief from the pain of migraines and PMS. That’s not to mention the feeling of well being that comes from knowing your lifestyle is alleviating animal suffering and limiting environmental damage. So don't feel bad when you reach for that vegan cupcake now and again: you're already doing a great job.
Remember, your chance of living a longer, healthier life is increased by making sure you eat plenty of green leafy vegetables, natural whole grains and other nutritious foods each day.