Tags: dairy-free | food allergies | plant-based

Benefits of Plant-Based Foods

Kelly Springer, RD By Tuesday, 24 October 2017 04:42 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

As a registered dietitian, there are times when I get really excited about food. It’s so fun to learn about foods that are healthy and delicious. And when I learn, my favorite thing to do is to educate.

One of my latest favorite food lines is Daiya Foods — their products are deliciously dairy- and allergen-free!

Daiya makes delicious plant-based alternatives that are free of dairy, gluten, and soy. And all of their products are free of common allergens. So for those of you who are vegan, vegetarian, annoyed with food allergies, or are simply looking to eat more plant-based foods, I highly recommend Daiya.

While I am not a vegetarian or vegan, I am a big-time promoter of a plant-based diet. Hundreds of peer-reviewed, published studies have proven the incredible benefits of eating a plant-based diet from boosting your immune system to reducing your risk of heart disease and even preventing cancer.

Plant-based food is my go-to for energy and for protection from diseases. For example, when you eat more plant-based food, you are more likely to have a healthy blood-pressure and a healthier cholesterol level (your LDL and triglycerides will lower an your healthy HDL cholesterol will rise making your overall cholesterol ratio way better).

And a healthy blood pressure and remarkable cholesterol level reduces the risk of heart-disease, which is the number-one cause of death for women in the United States[NY1] .

Also, did you know that plant-based food is so good for your gut? Meat-based protein takes forever to digest, but plant-based protein digests easier with the help of the fiber it contains.

Too much meat can actually disrupt the healthy gut flora in your digestive system, which could lead to big problems down the road, including an increased risk of colon cancer.

Dairy-free is actually great for your gut too because many people are sensitive to the lactose contained in dairy products.

I must also say that my skin glows from my plant-based diet. This has been true for many of my clients who have started their journey on more of a plant-based diet.  

Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins such as A, C, E, and K. They also contain tons of antioxidants and phytochemicals that have been shown to be beneficial for skin health. And trust me, it shows.

I will be available to chat all things plant-based at the Daiya Foods booth at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) in Chicago Oct. 21-24.

If you’re attending the conference this weekend, two awesome offerings at this booth that you will not want to miss are their Yogurt Parfait Bar on Oct. 22 and Oct. 23 from 9-10 a.m. and their Happy Hour from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 and Oct. 23.

Daiya’s Yogurt Parfait Bar includes their smooth amazing coconut-based Greek Yogurt with fruit and granola and their Happy Hour includes champagne served with their Smoked Gouda and Jalapeno-Havarti blocks … and a heavenly pumpkin spice cheesecake made with their dairy-free cream cheese. 

So give Daiya a try — you’ll be so happy you did. If you aren’t attending FNCE this weekend you can still find their products are available more than 25,000 grocery stores across the US and Canada, including Whole Foods, Kroger, Safeway, and Publix.

For more information about Daiya, please visit www.daiyafoods.com.

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Hundreds of peer-reviewed, published studies have proven the incredible benefits of eating a plant-based diet.
dairy-free, food allergies, plant-based
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 04:42 PM
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