When we envision a healthy lifestyle, we often think of short-term results. Looking better, feeling better, and being stronger are the perks that often come to mind.
However, one of the greatest benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle are the long-term results it brings.
The diet and non-communicable disease connection
Infectious agents (bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites) do not cause non-communicable diseases (NCDs), yet NCDs are the leading cause of death worldwide.
According to the World Cancer Research Fund International, “What we eat and our nutritional status can affect cardiovascular diseases, some types of cancer, and diabetes” all of which are NCDs.
The average American consumes a diet high in meat, dairy, fat, sugar, and refined, processed foods. Furthermore, studies have proven that Americans fail to consume the recommended intake of vegetables (only 13% managed to between 2007-10).
Prevent with plants
A plant-based diet consists predominately of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds with a modest amount of meat and dairy. Researchers have found that plant-based diets reduce the risk of developing obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and some forms of cancer. We love plants here at Rootastes, and compiled a list of our favorites next to the NCDs they’re known to combat.
Walnuts, dark chocolate, and wine are our favorite heart positive foods, but we also enjoy fish such as salmon, which is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. Want an extra boost? Eat more kale to reduce your risk of a heart attack by 40%.
Cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower, kale, cabbage, and broccoli contain cancer-fighting properties. Kale’s high dose of Vitamin K makes it an anti-cancer powerhouse, while broccoli contains a sizeable amount of sulforaphane, a compound that increases the body’s protective enzymes and flushes out cancer-causing chemicals.
Another cancer killer is garlic, which does more than keep the vampires at bay. The phytochemicals it contains have been found to stop the formation or nitrosamines, carcinogens found in the early part of the digestive system that can lead to breast, colon, esophageal, and stomach cancers.
We’re sweet on sweet potatoes, especially as research is concluding they have the power to reduce episodes of low blood sugar and insulin resistance in people with diabetes. Pair them with quinoa, a versatile grain with a low glycemic index, and you’ll experience good blood sugar levels.
At Rootastes, we strive to include a healthy serving of locally grown vegetables in all of our dishes. Check out our latest menu featuring winter flavors and harvest favorites.
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