Plant Based Diet
This diet is a choice to use more plant sources of food. Some reasons to do this are to improve health or in consideration of the environment. The best choice would be to also use local diet choices if the environment is an issue. Also more city gardens are springing up with young people learning to plant their own food.
A plant-based diet is made up of mostly plant foods: vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes (lentils, dried beans, and peas), nuts, and seeds. These foods provide the body with fibre, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals while usually being lower in calories than other types of foods. Animal foods like skinless poultry, lean meat, and low-fat dairy may make up a smaller amount of the foods eaten in a plant-based diet.
There are many advantages to a plant-based diet. It can lower your risk of chronic diseases like heart disease and cancer, help manage your weight, and improve your overall health.
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