The Flexitarian Revolution: Embrace Health and Flavor with this Meat-Inclusive Diet
Torn between trying to become vegetarian or non-vegetarian? Do you often crave a hamburger or chicken tikka, but want to cut back on meat consumption? Let us introduce you to the flexible diet, considered the ultimate diet solution. With this flexible approach to eating, you can have your kale and eat your steak too! It's time to put the fun back into healthy eating with flexible eating. So, let's explore the ins and outs of this diet trend and find out how it can benefit your taste buds, your health, and the environment!
What is flexitarian eating?
A flexible diet is a flexible approach to eating that is primarily plant-based, but also includes the occasional consumption of animal products. Flexible eating is a relatively new term that combines the words "flexible" and "vegetarian". Flexitarians also eat animal products and therefore are not considered vegetarians or vegans, but they focus more on plant-based foods, so they are not completely carnivorous either.
Potential health benefits of following a flexitarian diet?
1. Keeps you well nourished and boosts immunity
A vegetarian diet provides more nutrients than a non-vegetarian diet. In addition, it also prefers natural products and helps reduce the consumption of packaged foods that are high in salt, sugar and fat. "Fruits and vegetables and nuts are rich in vitamins and antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and reduce free radical damage," Dr. Pasi says.
2. Reduces the risk of chronic diseases
A flexitarian diet is rich in nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, which can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Studies have shown that a plant-based diet can lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, and improve insulin sensitivity. Research clearly shows that vegetarians and fish eaters have lower rates of heart disease than meat eaters. Dr. Pasi believes this is likely because plant-based foods are rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.
3. Weight management
Fruits and vegetables are low in calories but high in fiber, which helps you feel full and satisfied. Some studies show that people who follow a plant-based diet lose more weight than those who eat meat. This is partly because flexitarians often limit high-calorie and highly processed foods. Additionally, plant-based foods are generally more filling than animal products, which can help reduce overall calorie intake.