US media outlet Today has reported on the multiple benefits of a plant-based diet.
According to the article, which is written by Keri Glassman, R.D., 'there is not one way to eat 'perfectly', but there are a number of tips omnivores can steal from their plant-based friends in order to optimize their nutrition'.
Glassman writes: "Even if you’re a meat-and-potato person, you’ll be doing your sirloin-lovin’ bod a whole lot of good by adopting some tips from your vegan friends."
Her five tips are...
1. Eat seasonal foods
According to Glassman: "This isn’t a steadfast vegan 'rule', but many people who consciously choose to eat vegan are also making other conscious (or even unconscious) decisions.
"One they often consider? Buying lots of fresh produce, particularly in season."
She claims that not only will your produce bill be lower - but it is a more eco-friendly way to eat, and you may find yourself upping your intake of antioxidants.
2. Eat more fiber
Glassman calls eating more fiber a 'byproduct of being vegan'.
She adds: "Vegans usually get more fiber than meat eaters, pescatarians and even vegetarians alike."
3. Eat plant protein
Getting protein from plant-based protein sources is important, according to the article. "Replacing animal-based protein even just two meals per week for plant-based ones such as this three-bean chili will help improve your health," says Glassman.
4. Get good fats
According to Today, many vegans are conscious of eating enough fat - while making sure it is healthy fat. Sources include nuts and seeds.
Glassman writes: "Vegans also pay particular attention to omega-3 fatty acids, because these fats are important for everything from the formation of cell membranes, to the production of hormones, to regulating genetic function.
"You can find them in fatty fish like salmon, but vegans get these heart-healthy fats by throwing flax or hemp seeds on their salads."
5. Think about supplementing
As the article states, there is 'no such thing as a perfect diet'.
"Even when you’re eating balanced meals, healthy snacks, and tons of fresh foods, you may be missing out on a few key nutrients.
"Vegans often need B12 and this may not be your concern, but talk to a doctor or registered dietitian and consider supplementing in areas where you may be struggling," says Glassman.