Making the Switch to a Plant-Based Diet Is Easier Than You Think
Some people adopt a plant-based diet because they are morally opposed to the exploitation and abuse of animals. Others do so out of concern for the effect that the production of animal products is having on the environment. And cardiologists recommend a plant-based diet because of the incredible benefits it can have on heart health. Whatever your reason for considering a plant-based diet, know that it’s easier than ever to make the transition. Barriers like a lack of availability are no longer an issue.
Below, we’ll discuss why making the switch to a plant-based diet is easier than you think. For assistance making the switch, call Jesal V. Popat, M.D., FACC, the best interventional cardiologist in Tampa.
Available in Supermarkets Across the Country
Once upon a time, finding plant-based alternatives was incredibly difficult. And if you did manage to find a plant-based alternative, it’s likely that the cost was prohibitive. Now, thanks to growing demand, plant-based alternatives can be found in every grocery store across America. Tofu has always been a reliable meat alternative high in protein and calcium, but now you can benefit from plant-based burgers like the Impossible Burger or the Beyond Burger that are tasting more and more like the real thing. And with the advent of food delivery services, you can have plant-based alternatives brought right to your door. It’s never been easier to incorporate plant-based foods into your diet.
Tasting Better Than Ever
As mentioned above, plant-based alternatives are starting to give animal-based products a run for their money. Milk alternatives like almond milk are providing people with the same great taste and almost as much calcium as the stuff from a cow. Going back to the Impossible Burger, the “bleeding” plant-based burger tastes so real that vegetarians were grossed out. We can keep going. Vegan cheese has the same taste and consistency as the real thing. And vegan yogurt and ice cream allow people to enjoy a delicious, guilt-free snack. Grab some plant-based alternatives the next time you're in the supermarket and decide for yourself if the taste is still an issue.
More Recipes Than We Can Keep up With
A wise man once said, “Variety is the spice of life.” An obstacle for many people who consider a plant-based diet is the idea that they’re going to be eating the same thing over and over again. Take a quick online search and you’ll find that that simply isn’t true. You can find seemingly limitless plant-based recipes at the click of a button. Check out this list of easy plant-based recipes for beginners from Food Network — you could be munching on some fully-loaded vegan nachos right now.
We hope that this article has been both lighthearted and informative. Switching to a plant-based diet can have an incredible impact on your heart health by reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other negative side effects of an unhealthy lifestyle. To ascertain the status of your cardiovascular health, or for assistance making the switch to a plant-based diet, schedule an appointment with Dr. Popat. Virtual conferences are now available!
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