Is Plant-Based Eating Good for You?

When I recently asked many of you if you wanted to eat more plants, you emphatically answered, YES! In fact, 93% of you said yes to plants. While I was super duper excited, I wasn't super surprised given the acceleration of plant-based foods available in grocery stores, restaurants, and ballparks, plus an increase in brands marketing plant-based ingredients on their food labels. Clearly, plant-based foods are in demand and you are all a part of that demand!

However, I was surprised at the responses to the next question. When I asked what's stopping you from eating more plants, a majority of you said that you weren't sure if it was the best way of eating for optimal health. My initial reaction was, "Wait, what? Let me tell you all the ways plants are ideal for optimal health for just about everyone!"

However, it's understandable, with all of the conflicting advice and massive amount of information online and in the media, knowing what to eat for optimal health can be tricky. With messages like, keto is best for weight loss, Mediterranean eating is best for overall health, or carbs will make you gain weight, how the heck does one decipher which is best? (By the way, the right types of carbs won't make you gain weight. Check out this article and this article, debunking the "carbs are bad" myth.)

In this blog, I'd like to clear up any confusion around plant-based eating and welcome any comments or questions from you below if you are left with any unanswered questions. First, we'll talk about why plant-based foods are so good for you if you want to feel and function at your very best. Second, we'll debunk some of those plant-based myths (for example, you can't get enough protein, it's too expensive, or soy is bad for you). Keep reading to get more clarity on why I recommend that everyone adds more plant-based foods to their plates.

Benefits of eating more plant-based foods