A whole-foods, plant-based diet is a way of eating that celebrates plant foods and cuts out unhealthy items like added sugars and refined grains. Plant-based diets have been linked to a number of health benefits, including reducing your risk of heart disease, certain cancers, obesity, diabetes and cognitive decline.
These diets are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals that help lower blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol, reduce the risk of diabetes, and help maintain a healthy weight, all of which can lower your risk of heart disease. Yet, the types of plant foods and their sources are also important.
Living a Whole Food, Plant-Based Life
EAT whole plants such as grains, nuts, and fruit. Studies have shown that populations with mostly plant-based diets have longer lifespans.
AVOID animal products such as meat, fish, and dairy. ...
AVOID processed, artificial foods. ...
AVOID added fats and sugars.