March Nutrition Tip: Go Plant Forward

Posted by Thorek Memorial Hospital | Mar 7, 2019 2:46:17 PM

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Plant forward eating is gaining all of the attention in the media, but you might ask – what does it mean? And, why is it so popular?

Plant Forward: is a style of eating that emphasizes and celebrates plants as the center of the plate with animal proteins moved to a supporting role as a flavor enhancing garnish. It differs from entirely plant based eating where no animal products are used. 

Here are a couple of reasons to favor plant powered eating this month:

Picture2-2Fiber: Plant based foods such as fresh and frozen produce, unrefined grains and starches, nuts, seeds and plant-based proteins are all good sources of fiber – your ticket to a healthy weight, healthy arteries and digestive system.

Vitamins & Minerals: Plants can be found in just about any color of the rainbow and therefore include an array of vitamins and minerals too. Micronutrients such as potassium, folate, iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus in addition to all the vitamins have important functions in your body.

Cholesterol: Plant proteins are naturally cholesterol-free. Although saturated fats have the largest effect on blood cholesterol, the cholesterol in our food has negative effects too. Choose more plant powered food choices to help stay at your healthiest.

Fat: Plant based diets are typically lower in saturated fat and minimal in trans fats. When overconsumed, these ‘bad’ fats can increase the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.

Carbohydrates: Complex carbohydrates from plant sources, such as sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, pulses and barley, are typically low on the glycemic index scale which means they provide a steady source of energy to power your day.

For more healthy eating tips, contact the Thorek Memorial Hospital Food & Nutrition Department.

Topics: wellness, healthy living, healthy food, healthy eating, nutrition tip, nutrition

Written by Thorek Memorial Hospital

Thorek Memorial Hospital has been providing quality, progressive health care to Chicagoans since 1911.

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