Can a Plant-based Diet Positively Impact Your Health?


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A new study suggests that a diet based solely on plant sources is good for overall health.

About 93.3 million people in the US are suffering from obesity and about 100 million and more people have been diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes. The major factor that drives these, and other, metabolic issues is the way people intake their food.

The guidelines for the years 2015-2020 from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion have issued a statement saying that most of the Americans fail to reside with the official recommendations. The estimates made by this office have shown that nearly three fourth of the population does not eat enough vegetables, fruits, dairy products, and/or fats.

Three institutions – the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and the Institute of Endocrinology- have researched that people who follow a plant-based diet and live as vegetarians have a much better impact on the overall health of the dieter.

The journal ‘Nutrients’ issued a special chapter of ‘Vegan Nutrition’ in which the researchers published their research. In their research, they have emphasized the fact that people who follow a vegan lifestyle aid their body in producing a special type of gut hormone that regulates the blood pressure. These hormones also enable a person to feel satiated much sooner and therefore, their actions are much more beneficial for weight management.

Encouraging Better Production of Digestive Hormones

During this research, the scientists worked with 60 male participants, of whom 20 were suffering from obesity, 20 had been diagnosed with type-2 diabetes, and the remaining 20 had no major health complaints. These were kept as a control group.

The researchers had to mix up the participants so that no one knew which group they belonged to. Participants were given random foods like vegetables with tofu, processed meat with cheese etc. The researchers made sure to match both meals for the number of calories and the macronutrients.

Irrespective of whether or not people had diabetes, obesity, or other major health concern, all the people eating a vegan diet had a higher level of beneficial gut hormones than those who used to eat meat or cheese.

This beneficial gut hormone is useful in maintaining optimal blood glucose levels, insulin production, and helped in the maintenance of proper energy levels. This hormone also enabled people to feel more satiated and thus helped a lot in maintaining weight.

People feel much better on a plant-based diet as this kind of diet is rich in fiber which, in turn, can reduce appetite and can make a person feel more satiated. This kind of meal does not put extra calories but keeps satiety levels optimum. These useful gut hormones are useful in maintaining the right weight, increase the secretion of insulin, and regulate the levels of glucose in the blood.

This recent study puts special emphasis on the facts that were previously undiscovered about the vegan lifestyle. This research proves that a plant-based diet can be useful for weight loss and can improve the overall quality of life.

 


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Samantha Issac
Samantha is a graduate of Medicine with masters in Public Health. Most of her writings are in medicinal tools, technology, and treatments. In addition to that, she is a freelance healthcare writer based in the USA.

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