16 Apr FOOD TREND: Plant Based Diet
Whole Food Plant-Based is just like the vegan diet, people on a whole food plant-based diet avoid animal-based products, including meat, dairy, and eggs. This type of diet gravitates towards unprocessed or minimally processed veggies, fruit, beans, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
Although there are different types of plant-based diets, they all give priority to foods associated with heart benefits. These diets are rich in fibers, vitamins, and minerals that help lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol, reduce the risk of diabetes and help maintain a healthy weight.
Also, when following a plant-based diet the quality and the source of a specific type of food must be considered. For instance, even though they are plant-based foods; white rice and white bread are highly processed and have a high glycaemic index, which means they can make blood sugar levels rise and increase hunger, leading to overeating. A glass of 100% fruit juice does not equal to eating the whole fruit since juices are often high in sugar and don’t contain valuable fibre and vitamins. Furthermore, many canned plant foods include extra additives, sodium, and sugar.
A healthy plant-based meal should consist of proper portions of organic vegetables, fruits, whole grains, healthy protein, and healthy oils.
The Harvard Health Eating Plate below is a helpful visual guide created by nutrition experts at the Harvard School of Public Health and editors at Harvard Health Publishing.