There is tons of scientific evidence supporting a diet high in fresh, fibrous plant based foods. Study after study shows that eating plenty of veggies reduces the risk of disease – everything from diabetes, to osteoporosis, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and cancers.

There are 3 likely reasons for this:

  1. Vegetables tend to be rich in important vitamins and minerals, some of which are difficult to get in sufficient quantities from eating meat.
  2. Vegetables contain plenty of fiber to support a healthy diversity of gut micro-organisms, which have a profound impact on our overall health.
  3. Vegetables are rich in thousands of beneficial plant phytochemicals, which boost antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and other health promoting properties.

Every serving of vegetables or fruit reduces the risk of all-cause mortality by 5 percent! So enjoy the holiday treats, but don’t forget to eat your veggies!

Sarah Caudle, PA-C