The Hidden Benefits of Eating a Plant-Based Diet

Spanish Chickpea Stew

Many people embark on the journey of following a whole-food, plant-based diet with the sole intention of improving their heath and enhancing their quality of life. And while improved physical wellbeing is a worthy goal in-and-of itself and its benefits are indisputable, it is by no means the only benefit of eating “plant-strong.” We cannot reduce eating to nothing more than what we put in our bodies any more than we can reduce foods to nothing more than their chemical properties (a whole apple, for instance, is not simply an aggregate of fiber, calories, and vitamins). Whether intentional or not, following a whole-food, plant-based diet is about much more than simply what we do – or do not – eat, and it therefore impacts much more than simply our physical health.

Following a whole-food, plant-based diet is about having the courage to step outside of the mainstream, animal-eating culture, a culture that seeks to keep us intellectually anesthetized and comfortably numb. (For more information on the mentality of the animal-eating culture, which I refer to as carnism, see It is about reclaiming our health and redefining the very meaning and nature of eating and food.


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