The overall weight of evidence suggests that the diet pattern most associated with improved mental well-being is a diet rich in unprocessed, plant-based foods. This means a diet rich in whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Below are 6 ways we can reap the benefits of a plant-based diet and boost our mood with food.
This week, we speak with a plant-based nutrition expert to debunk commonly shared misinformation about only eating plants and explore some of the most frequently asked questions people have when adopting a plant-based diet. Last week's overview of what you can eat on a plant-based diet may have brought up some questions about how to live healthfully – such as where you’ll get key nutrients from like B12 and protein – if and when you stop consuming animal products, or even take steps to consume less of them. Below, Dr. Judy Brangman, MD, answers some of the most common questions people have when transitioning to a plant-based diet.