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Plant-Based Diets 101


| 7/12/2017 12:50:00 PM


You may have heard a friend or family member say they’ve experienced an improved sense of overall well-being since opting for a plant-based diet. As they tout benefits like increased energy, clearer minds and better sleep, you’ve probably wondered: is there any truth behind these claims?

In contrast to years past, medical professionals are beginning to recommend reducing the amount of meat and upping fruits and vegetables in your diet to promote better health. According to US News, these diets can help prevent chronic disease, lower blood pressure and decreased risk of heart disease. In addition to these long-term health benefits, you can reap immediate rewards in the form of clearer, healthier skin and weight loss, if needed.

Now that plant-based diets are growing in popularity and have been doctor-approved, where do you begin? We’ve outlined a few of the most common plant-based diets and tried to debunk some negative assumptions.

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Photo by Adobe Stock/Mat Hayward.

4 Popular Plant-Based Diets

Vegetarianism



Following a vegetarian diet means eating no meat, including red meat, poultry or fish and seafood, and avoiding food products that contain by-products from these sources, such as lard. While that may sound very much like a vegan diet, they are a bit different.



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