The power is in your hands to reduce heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure through what you eat.Plant based diets have helped prevention and treatment of certain diseases, especially when they are planned and meet your nutrition needs.
Following a plant-based diet does not mean you’re a “vegan” or “vegetarian.” Eating large amounts of red and processed meats increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stroke and can cause weight gain. Americans now eat more meat than recommended USDA guidelines, and only 20% of suggested fruits and vegetables. Any move towards a mixed, whole food-based diet is a move towards improved health.
There are many dietary plans that have been developed to improve health. It’s easy to be confused by how they differ; instead, focus on what they have in common: eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes, eat less of animal fats and processed meats, and limit your sodium intake. When plants play a bigger role in the diet of people, health improves.
Every Monday, all NYC Health + Hospitals public hospitals offer plant-based meal options to patients.
Going meatless once a week is a great way to become more plant based. Use this day to experiment with a bean chili, a lentil Bolognese or a hearty salad. Choosing plants over meat helps increase your intake of micronutrients and fiber.