Men who follow a plant-based diet reap multiple benefits that contribute to better health and quality of life. The effects of a healthy and balanced diet could control and prevent diseases such as:
Benign prostatic hyperplasia
According to a review of existing data by US researchers published in the medical journal Urology a plant-based diet could prevent benign prostatic hyperplasia, erectile dysfunction, and prostate cancer.
The review considered 24 cases out of 346 with data from English-language articles on studies with human participants consuming plant-based diets published between 1989 and 2022 in Medline and PubMed.
A plant-based diet reduces the intake of animal-based foods
Plant-based diets, which have been linked to positive health effects, emphasize the consumption of plant foods while reducing the intake of animal foods.
Harvard Health Publishing shares that there are many types of plant-based diets, but they all they emphasize certain foods associated with heart benefits, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and healthy oils like olive oil.
One of the plant-based diets is the Mediterranean diet, considered by nutrition experts as a healthy diet.
You don’t need to avoid meat entirely.
Ambika Satija, PhD, of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, points out that it is possible benefit from reducing the consumption of foods of animal origin without eliminating them completely from the diet.
Harvard health experts point out that you don’t need to go completely vegetarian or vegan to get the best health benefits. “The focus should be on eating more of the right plants, avoiding the wrong kind, eliminating unhealthy foods, and moderating your intake of healthier animal products.”
The Harvard Diet has been linked to a longer life, helping to reduce the risk of premature death by up to 20%. The Harvard Diet is based on the Harvard Healthy Eating Plate which includes:
1. Vegetables and fruits – ½ plate
Harvard recommends adding color and a variety of vegetables to your plate. Potatoes do not count as a vegetable on The Healthy Eating Plate because of their negative effect on blood sugar.
2. Whole grains – ¼ plate
Whole and intact grains (whole wheat, barley, wheat berries, quinoa, oats, brown rice, and foods made with them, such as whole wheat pasta).
3. Healthy protein – ¼ plate
Harvard suggests limiting red meat and avoiding processed meats like bacon and sausage. Healthy protein options to choose from include fish, poultry, beans, and nuts.
Harvard also suggests eating healthy vegetables be done in moderation and views them as bhealthy drinks to water, coffee and tea.
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