Benefits of Plant-based Nutrition

While medical professional associations, government bodies, and stakeholder groups across the U.S. and Canada have their own emphasis and focus when it comes to lifestyle and dietary guidance, a common theme does emerge: Eating more unrefined, plant-based foods is an important strategy in prevention of chronic disease, management of chronic conditions, and promotion of overall health.

In this series of reports, ACLM has compiled the evidence supporting the benefits of a whole food, predominantly plant-based diet in multiple clinical settings. To learn more about how to implement nutrition interventions, check out the continuing education and event opportunities at lifestylemedicine.org/education.

Plant-Based Dietary Quality

The highest quality dietary pattern that offers optimal nutrition, addresses nutrients of concern, and avoids excess calories and fat is one based on unrefined vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes. Read more.

Plant-Based Diets & Weight Management

Plant-based diets help individuals circumnavigate the obeseginic environment because of the lower calorie density of plant foods, which naturally prevents overeating. Read more.

Plant-Based Diets & Type II Diabetes

Many studies suggest that plant-based diets may be a practical solution to both prevent type 2 diabetes, with potential for medication reduction and remission. Read more. 

Plant-Based Diets & Cardiovascular Disease

A plant-predominant diet can reduce risk for CVD and yield cardio-protective results to control, manage and even improve cardiac symptoms. Read more. 

Plant-Based Diets & Chronic Kidney Disease

For those with Chronic Kidney Disease, goals can center on slowing progression of kidney failure, minimizing uremic toxicity, diminishing proteinuria, and lowering the risk of complications. Read more.

Plant-Based Diets & Enteral Nutrition

Plant-based enteral formulas are a well-tolerated option that can meet caloric requirements for patients with eating difficulties and offer high-quality nutrition for healing, gut health, and to control inflammation. Read more. 

Plant-Based Diets & Reproductive Cancers

Plant-based diets appear to reduce cancer risk by reducing animal protein and fat, particularly from red meat, as well as adding protective fiber and antioxidants to reduce recurrence rates. Read more.

Plant-Based Diets & Autoimmune Disease

Eating more unrefined plant-based foods is an important strategy in the prevention of chronic disease, management of chronic conditions, and promotion of overall health. Read more. 

Plant-Based Diets & Longevity

As demonstrated in the most long-lived populations, increased consumption of unrefined plant foods, and decreased intake of both animal and highly processed foods contribute towards increased quality of life and reduced mortality. Read more.

Nutrition Recommendations & Guidelines

Major medical professional associations support consumption of a minimally-processed plant-predominant diet for protection against chronic diseases including diabetes, heart, kidney and gastrointestinal, as well as obesity and certain cancers. Read more.

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