for Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Are you eating the right plant-based foods?
If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: A plant-based diet is good for your heart. And that’s as true as it ever was. But there are caveats. New research gets into the weeds (pun intended!) about plant-based diets, and the results offer some clear suggestions about what to put in your grocery cart—and what not to. For starters, quality matters. In a study tracking the eating habits of more than 2,000 adults over 10 years, people who ate a plant-based diet high in vegetables, fruit, beans, and whole grains had a reduced risk of heart disease, but those who ate plant-based diets high in juices, sugary drinks, refined grains, and potatoes did not. The study results also suggest that cutting down on animal products like red and processed meat may be just as important as eating healthy plant foods. So don’t trick yourself into thinking that a few veggies—or even a lot of them—will offset the effects of unhealthy foods and beverages or that “veggie puffs” and the like are good for you. Your marching (er, munching?) orders are clear: Make whole plant foods the foundation of your diet, cut back on animal foods, and keep on walking past the snack-food aisle.