Nearly all of the most commonly occurring diseases – heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, auto-immune diseases, obesity – are result of the modern diet, rich in sugar, fat, heavily processed foods and animal based food products.
Two third of American adults and one third of children are obese. Half of American adults have one, or more diet related chronic diseases.
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A Plant Based Whole Food Diet, consisting mainly of vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes, can prevent and even reverse these diseases.
Farm animals are given high amounts of antibiotics and growth hormones, the ingredients in their feed will make your stomach turn and they are kept under horrible conditions.
Livestock and their byproducts account for 51% of global greenhouse emissions, more than the entire transportation sector.
About 30% of the world’s ice-free surface is used not to grow vegetables, but to support chickens, pigs and cattle. There is no other single human activity, that affects the planet more.
Therefore, going to a Plant Based Diet has not one, but three benefits, it helps us, the animals and the planet all at the same time.
One of the misconceptions about a plant based diet is that you can’t eat delicious food.
Nothing could be further from the truth. What makes food taste great are the spices and the sauces. By taking advantage of the wide variety of spices and plants available for consumption, plant based food can even be tastier.
There are over 400 000 plant species in the world and up to half are edible.
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Plant based food is technically vegan, there are two reasons why I make a distinction.
Although most vegans are health conscious, a vegan diet may include certain unhealthy ingredients, like refined sugar, processed foods and so on.
Secondly, the plant based concept allows the consumption of moderate amounts of meat, or dairy, when vegan food isn’t available.
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“Whole foods” in this context refers to foods that are in a natural form, or as close to that, as possible, they are minimally processed. Heavy processing removes nutrients and adds harmful chemicals.