Looking to Get Lean? High-Fiber, Vegan Diet May Hold Key

8 Oct

Looking to Get Lean? High-Fiber, Vegan Diet May Hold Key

If you’re looking to get lean – a high-fiber, plant-based vegan diet may hold the key.

A new analysis from the Adventist Health Study 2 shows that strict vegetarians/vegans have a lower body mass index (BMI) and higher healthy nutrient intake than do other types of food pattern diets.

The cross-sectional study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics looked at over 71,000 Adventist subjects who were classified as belonging to 1 of 5 diet types:

  • Strict vegetarian/vegan (no animal products)
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarians (eats dairy and eggs)
  • Pesco-vegetarian (east fish)
  • Semi-vegetarian (occasionally omits animal foods)
  • Non-vegetarian

Based on dietary recall data from a 204-item semi-validated food frequency questionnaire, the researchers found that:

  • Non-vegetarians had the lowest intake of plant proteins, fiber, and beta-carotene
  • Non-vegetarians had the highest saturated fat and trans fat intake
  • Calorie intake was similar across all patterns at 2,000 calories – with exception of semi-vegetarians who ate 1,700 calories/day
  • BMI was lowest among vegans and only 9.4% of vegans were classified as obese (BMI>30)

What’s the take-away message? Shifting to a plant-based diet is a great way to improve your dietary fiber intake, body weight, and prevent certain types of chronic disease.

For more information on the Seventh-Day Adventist Diet, click here.

 

One Response to “Looking to Get Lean? High-Fiber, Vegan Diet May Hold Key”

  1. Brookelyn October 8, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    Great Posting!!!!

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