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Plant-Based Diet

Plant-Based Diet

Much of the current research regarding diet and cancer prevention rests on maintaining a healthy body weight and consuming a plant-based diet.  Plant-based is not the same as vegetarian; meat can still be consumed in a plant-based diet, but it is less heavily emphasized.  When looking at the plate of someone consuming a plant-based diet, it will consist of 50% of the plate being fruits and non-starchy vegetables; 25% being grains (preferably whole); and the last 25% being a lean animal protein such as fish, skinless poultry, or lean meats.  A small serving of dairy is included on the side.  

The USDA’s updated version of the Food Guide Pyramid – now called MyPlate – can be found at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.  This site has visuals of a plant-based diet plate, sample menus and recipes, and a tool for tracking food intake.  

Plant-Based Diet
Much of the current research regarding diet and cancer prevention rests on maintaining a healthy body weight and consuming a plant-based diet.  Plant-based is not the same as vegetarian; meat can still be consumed in a plant-based diet, but it is less heavily emphasized.  When looking at the plate of someone consuming a plant-based diet, it will consist of 50% of the plate being fruits and non-starchy vegetables; 25% being grains (preferably whole); and the last 25% being a lean animal protein such as fish, skinless poultry, or lean meats.  A small serving of dairy is included on the side.  

The USDA’s updated version of the Food Guide Pyramid – now called MyPlate – can be found at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.  This site has visuals of a plant-based diet plate, sample menus and recipes, and a tool for tracking food intake.

- See more at: http://www.mercydesmoines.org/cancercenter/nutrition-in-cancer-prevention#sthash.gKxB29v4.dpuf

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