Sangati Jogwar

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  • Many people find a Flexitarian diet more adaptable than vegan or vegetarian diets.
  • The main emphasis in this diet is on plant-based foods but dairy and meat items are also allowed.

Flexitarian diet is a new term coined by dietician Dawn Jackson Blatner. This type of diet was developed by Blatner to help people enjoy multiple types of foods so that they can benefit from both vegetarian foods and occasionally indulge in animal items like meat, fish, and dairy.

However, the main emphasis of this type of diet is to promote plant-based foods with a moderate amount of animal and meat products. That is why many people find a Flexitarian diet more adaptable than vegan or vegetarian diets.

What to eat on a Flexitarian Diet?

When on a Flexitarian diet you must include a proper balance of foods like legumes, beans, lentils, Edamame, Tofu, Nuts and seeds, Tempeh, Seitan, dairy alternatives like oat or almond milk, peanut butter, almond butter or butter of other nuts, Whole grains like oats, wheat bread, quinoa, eggs, yogurt, Kefir and other types of dairy items, vegetables, fruits, and little amounts of seafood, poultry and meat.

Depending upon whether you want to restrict your diet to 1700, 1500, or 1200 calories you can pick up the ideal balance of food items from the above list.

Health benefits of a Flexitarian diet

Helps in managing weight

Plant-based foods have comparatively lower calories and higher fiber than animal products. Thus, they make you feel fuller thereby controlling your calorie intake.

Improves heart health

A flexitarian diet can contribute to lowering cholesterol levels and decreasing heart disease problems and risks. This diet promotes plant-based foods that are rich in healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants.

For better digestion

Due to high fiber content, plant-based foods help in improving digestion and promoting gut health thereby solving issues related to bowel movements. The Flexitarian diet also maintains a good balance of gut bacteria thereby keeping your intestines and abdomen in good condition.

Reduces risk of chronic diseases

Making a flexitarian diet a part of your life helps to cut down the risk of many chronic diseases including hypertension, cancer, and diabetes. Since this diet includes foods with a nutrient-dense profile, your body is never deficient in any minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins.

High energy levels

Since the right combination of dairy, meat, and plant-based food provides you with an adequate amount of fuel you feel energetic. It ultimately benefits your overall life and increases productivity.

(Disclaimer: This piece of article is for basic information purposes only. It's always advisable to consult a doctor for any type of health issue.)