Rule 22. ‘Eat mostly plants, especially leaves’

Here comes a little bit of a change. Pollan’s book turns from telling us ‘what not to do’ and finally brings on the guidance on ‘what to do’.

There is so much already written on plant based diet, so once you start looking, it can seem overwhelming. More and more research confirms how important ditching the meat is. No doubt here, but whom to trust?. While thinking about reliable sources,  I have stumbled across this article, and can recommend reading this  Harvard publication on diet and diabetes 2.

Studies show that a diet rich in vegetables and fruits reduces the risk of dying from all the Western diseases. What is more, a primarily plant based diet is cheaper and has also the benefit of being lower in calories.

A fascinating publication confirming these data is Dan Buettner’s  book The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest. presenting a wast research into geographical zones in which the highest number of people actually reach 100 or more years of age. One commonalty he finds is that these folks, no matter where in the world they live, tend to eat a primarily plant based diet with very small amounts meat.

Multiple benefits of eating leaves, mostly dark leaves, are well listed and explained here. Maybe the below list will convince one to introduce more and more of dark green leafs. Take a look on this impressive list of benefits that dark leafy greens have to offer:

  1. they give your body folate (one of the B vitamins crucial for overall health)
  2. they support burning fat
  3. they are anti-ageing
  4. green leaves protect and help your heart
  5. leaves feed your telomers
  6. they fight diabetes
  7. greens feed your gut
  8. leafs protect against sun
  9. greens protect against toxins
  10. they build enzymes

Conclusion is simple. Eat vegetables, even if they call you a rabbit. Especially dark green laves

Next Post will cover rule 23. ‘Treat meat as a flavoring or special occasion food’

An overview of all available rules, can be found here.


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