When it comes to feeling the best, balancing blood sugar and maintaining a healthy weight – while still feeling full and satiated – are top priorities. Fortunately, researchers have found the best diet to reach all of these goals at once.
It only took a single vegan meal for participants in a recent study to reap all kinds of health-promoting benefits – all thanks to increased good intestinal hormone. Apart from feeling full and maintaining a healthy weight, these hormones increased insulin sensitivity and the body's ability to use sugar.
But how do we know these hormones actually utilized the power of plants? Scientists kept the number of calories and macronutrients alike across all meals that the participants ate, whether they were plant-based or had any meat and cheese. This means that the only real difference between the participants was the presence of animal products.
Immediately after meals, those who ate plant-based meals had higher levels of good intestinal hormones, and they were more likely to feel full and satisfied.
These full stomach feelings can come from all fiber wrapped in the plant-based meal. Fiber delays food digestion and has been associated with lower levels of heart disease and reduced gastrointestinal disorders.
Do you need convincing? Eating a vegan diet, even at times, has enormous benefits for the planet. If diving in veganism seems a little scary, start small by swapping a few meals a week with those who are plant-based. With such strong health and planetary benefits it can be an attempt to try.