A plant-based diet rich in whole foods including wholegrains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes has been linked to a noticeably lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
A study carried out by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, found that by following a strict plant-based diet, incorporating low amounts of animal foods was associated with a 20% reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. The consumption of a healthy plant-based diet, based on whole foods was linked to a 34% reduced risk of diabetes; compared to a less healthy version (including refined grains and sugary beverages) being linked with a 16% increased risk.
The study showed that even by reducing animal consumption from as little as 1-2 servings per day, this could greatly lower the risk of diabetes.
Researchers suggest that these results are likely due to the nutrients found in the plant-based diet, including fibre, antioxidants, unsaturated fatty acids and micronutrients.
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