A whole food plant-based (WFPB) eating pattern is a versatile, exciting, and enjoyable way to eat. It centres on unprocessed fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans and legumes. Other whole or minimally processed plant-based foods are used as occasional condiments.
This way of eating avoids meats, dairy products, and eggs and minimises refined and processed foods such as added salt, oil and sugar – sometimes described as a ‘no SOS’ approach. A WFPB eating pattern provides an abundance of antioxidants, phytonutrients, fibre, and numerous other health promoting substances that can be prepared and seasoned with herbs and spices to create an abundant variety of vibrant dishes with flavours from around the world.
Not only does a WFPB approach provide an exciting and unique opportunity to prevent, reverse, or significantly reduce the disability caused by a wide range of diseases, it’s also the greatest move we can take as individuals to protect and improve the health of our planet.
The Traffic Light graphic below provides a visual overview of the food groups and frequency of consumption that make up a healthy plant-based diet:
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