10 Benefits of Eating a More Plant-Based Diet
In partnership with JUST EggIf you're looking to live a longer, healthier, and happier life, we have a suggestion for your New Year's resolution. Yes, we said resolution—not resolutions, because it's possible for you to make just one impactful change that can improve your health and wellbeing on all fronts: eat more plants.It's as straightforward as that. You don't have to give up anything. You don't have to make any radical changes to your routine. All you have to do is pull out your grocery list and add fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and plant-protein as part of your regular diet. (And then eat them, of course.)Eating more plant-based foods every day can change your life in more ways than you might think. It can fulfill one of the most common New Year's resolutions—to lose weight—but it can also have an impact on your mental health, lower your risk of chronic diseases, support a more sustainable food system, and benefit the environment.There are very few resolutions that have a bigger impact than adding more plants to your plate, and even fewer can do so with such little disruption to your daily life.Why should you be eating more plants?The reason why this resolution can make such a big impact on your health is because of the current state of our diets.Right now, just 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit or vegetable recommendations, according to the CDC. And these recommendations aren't as out of reach as you may think: Adults should be eating between 1 ½ to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day.Eating a daily diet rich in fruits and vegetables ensures that you get enough of the essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that these whole foods provide. And "essential" isn't an exaggeration. There are many nutrients our bodies can't produce on their own—such as vitamins A and C, macronutrients like fiber, and minerals like magnesium—that are required for growth, good health, and disease prevention. Plants are the only source of some of these essential nutrients, like dietary fiber, vitamin C, and flavonoids.What is a plant-based diet, exactly?There are many misconceptions surrounding plant-based eating. Some people think it means that you can only eat kale salads or you have to avoid meat, but that's not the case.Plant-based eating means adopting a diet that simply prioritizes plant-based foods; it doesn't mean you have to eliminate one food group or nutrient altogether.On the contrary, it's about eating more food groups. A plant-based diet should focus on eating more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes, while meat and dairy play a supporting role.You can also think of it as a "plant-forward" diet. Instead of replacing meat, simply reduce your portion size of meat and put more plants on your plate. You can also experiment with new, plant-based proteins in order to cut down on animal-based ones.This will feel more doable when you make small, easy swaps that don't sacrifice flavor. For example, you can swap out your morning eggs with a plant-based option like JUST Egg. Made from mung bean protein, JUST Egg has that familiar taste and texture you know, but without the cholesterol. As for easy? Pourable JUST Egg comes in a convenient bottle so all you have to do is grab it from the fridge, heat up a pan, cook, and enjoy!10 benefits of eating more whole plant foodsEating plant-based is more than just a sustainable diet change; it also has immense health and environmental benefits. Let's take a closer look at everything that can happen to your body and the earth by making just a single change to your diet: putting plants first.