Plant Power: Eat Like Popeye!

Resolving to make healthier food choices and possibly lose weight? Skip the fad diets and follow this simple advice: eat more plants. Research continues to point to the many health benefits of eating high-quality plant-based foods such as whole grains, nuts, vegetables, and fruits. These healthy food choices can help in many ways from promoting heart health to reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes or even potentially helping slowing the rate of memory decline in older adults. Plant foods are full of phytonutrients, which offer protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Consuming too much animal protein (most notably red meat), on the other hand, is associated with higher risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and obesity. To reduce your meat consumption and eat more plant foods, build your meals around protein-rich vegetables such as soy products (such as tofu and tempeh), legumes (such as peas, lentils, chickpeas, and other beans], broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and spinach, and go meatless one or two days a week.