We are created omnivorous by nature, but we choose our diet based on our desired choices. Lots of research has certainly been conducted to find the benefits of the mixed diet and vegetarian diet. In the medical world, the word ‘flexitarian’ is quite new and one may not find its exclusive benefit. However, the studies conducted on plant based and omnivorous diets are enough to support the flexible diet pattern of flexitarian eating.
It is well known, as discovered by the different research studies, that consumption of vegetables, legumes, fruits, and wholegrain items produces many health benefits when less processed meals are consumed. Dietitians believe that excluding meat from the diet without restricting the use of salt, sugar, and processed food doesn’t produce any health effects.
Indeed, there are many scientific studies that have proven that the intake of high amounts of plant based foods is directly proportional to a lower risk of stroke and coronary artery disease. Plant based foods are able to produce this effect because of rich quantities of mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, high amount of fibers, phytochemicals, and plant proteins.
In addition to this, a vegetarian diet is also associated with low blood pressure. When there is no underlying medical condition, a vegetable based diet controls blood pressure and helps it to remain in the normal range. There are diverse heart related benefits when a person primarily eats a plant based diet.
The benefits of a flexitarian diet have a broad spectrum. A plant based diet is associated with weight loss. Also, they contain special components that fight against different kinds of cancers.
As a flexitarian, one can enjoy having lentils, peas, beans, seeds, and nuts as a high protein source other than meat. The use of lentils and beans is very much accepted in other diets as well because their regular intake leads to the lowering of cholesterol levels in the body which produces an overall positive impact on the body. Also, the intake of nuts and seeds like sesame seeds, pine nuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc. are rich in polyunsaturated fats which are heart healthy and supply the body with the necessary fatty acids.
There are so many meat options available and one must be careful to choose. A good meat option is lean meat, especially chicken and turkey. White meat options like chicken and fish are considered better than red meat but that does not make red meat bad. When going for a flexitarian diet, one can choose white meat as well as red meat.
This book contains the following chapters:
• An introduction to Flexitarian diet
• The benefits of the diet
• Carrot Leaf Pesto
• Strawberry & Avocado Protein Smoothie
• Zucchini Fritters
• Loaded Sweet Potato Nacho Fries
• Smashed Chickpea Avocado Toasts
• And much more!
- Language: English
- Published: 2020
- ISBN: B08LT65PLX
- Format: PDF, EPUB, AZW3