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It seems like there are so many different types of diets or eating plans that it can be a bit overwhelming at times. Plant-based diets have become increasingly popular in recent years.
What is a Plant-Based Diet?
Well, after doing a little research it turns out there are many different types of plant-based diets. U.S. News provides an easy to understand definition for the plant-based approach to eating:
"Plant-based diets are good for the environment, your heart, your weight and your overall health. U.S. News defines plant-based as an approach that emphasizes minimally processed foods from plants, with modest amounts of fish, lean meat and low-fat dairy, and red meat only sparingly." ~ U.S. News
Forks Over Knives provides another great example of what a whole-food, plant-based diet is all about.
"A whole-food, plant-based diet is centered on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil." - Forks over Knives
While it’s easy to understand the basic principles and concepts behind some of the more popular diets these days — it doesn’t always answer the question — what will a particular person eat or not eat? If you’re preparing a meal for guests and are still in doubt — it’s probably best to simply ask. After all, most people love to exchange recipes and bring dishes to pass for large gatherings. However, if you’re interested in learning more about the plant-based diet — check out the cookbooks listed below.
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Disclaimer: This blog provides information for educational purposes only. Always consult a physician before starting any diet or exercise plan.