What is A Whole Food Plant-Based Diet?
Whole food plant-based nutrition is an evidence-based dietary approach that focuses on consuming mainly whole, minimally processed plant foods. It emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds as the foundation of one's diet while minimizing or eliminating the consumption of animal products, refined sugars, and processed foods.
Plant-based foods are amongst the healthiest sources of essential nutrients, fibre, antioxidants, and phytochemicals that promote overall health and well-being. It also aims to reduce the intake of unhealthy fats, cholesterol and added sugars, which are commonly found in animal-based foods and processed products.
Whole food plant-based nutrition has been associated with various health benefits, including reduced risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and certain types of cancer. It also promotes weight management, improved digestion, increased energy levels, and lower inflammation in the body. Plant-based nutrition also promotes sustainability and environmentally friendly as plant-based diets typically have a smaller carbon footprint and reduce the demand for animal agriculture.