9 Scientific Benefits of Following a Plant-Based Diet

9 Scientific Benefits of Following a Plant-Based Diet

A plant-based diet is often claimed as the healthiest approach to eating, and its benefits extend way beyond weight loss.

For years, registered dietitians and food scientists alike have touted the perks of eating plants and cutting back on meat. And it seems people are catching on. A study published in The Permanente Journal in the summer of 2016 notes that plant-based diets have gone mainstream — partly because the advantages have been well researched and healthcare practitioners recommend this way of eating as many have seen incredible results from their patients. (1)

Maya Feller, RD, CDN, a dietitian based in Brooklyn, New York, and the author of The Southern Comfort Food Diabetes Cookbook, says it’s also popular because it can reduce humans’ environmental impact and many celebrities, including Beyoncé and Tom Brady, have embraced this way of eating. “Whether you are an animal lover, an environmental advocate, or want to live your healthiest life, being plant based is the one underlying thread that seems to be compelling so many of us,” Feller says.

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