Here's Why You Should Add More Veggies To Your Diet ASAP
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
"About half of the total U.S. population eats less than 1.5 cups of vegetables a day. And a whopping 87% don't reach the recommended minimum goal of 2 to 3 cups a day."
"#2 Veggies can help you lose pounds without dieting.
Research has shown that people who eat primarily plant based diets tend to weigh less. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that over a five-year period, both men and women who ate more plant foods and fewer animal foods gained the least weight. Researchers have attributed this result, in part, to the antioxidants and fiber in veggies, which have been tied to weight loss. In fact, some studies have observed that the body boosts calorie burn after eating plant based meals.
Another reason is veggies are both filling and low in calories. For example, two cups of spinach contain less than 15 calories. That's almost 200 fewer calories than a cup of rice. So rather than filling your plate with go to staples like pasta and rice, swap in veggies and stick to smaller portions of starches. Cup for cup you'll shave about 200 calories, without having to eat tiny meals."
Full article here - news.health.com/2016/03/
I consider my diet to be plant based because the overwhelming majority of my diet is vegetables and low sugar fruit, even though I do eat some animal protein everyday.
Overall I do believe North Americans do eat too much animal protein and not enough plants.