WFPB diet stands for the whole food plant-based diet. The main idea is to exclude all animal protein and dairy products from your daily meal. Is WFPB diet the best way to achieve health? Let’s look at it in detail.
Who introduced WFPB diet
The idea of a whole food plant-based diet has been around for decades. Still, it gained wider attention in the 2000s with the work of Dr. T. Colin Campbell, a biochemist and nutrition researcher, and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, a cardiologist.
Both of these doctors conducted research and wrote books advocating for a whole food plant-based diet as a way to improve health and prevent chronic diseases.
Dr. Campbell’s book, “The China Study”, published in 2005, is a comprehensive review of research on nutrition and health that he conducted with colleagues in China and the United States.
The study found a strong association between a diet high in animal products and an increased risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Dr. Campbell concluded that a whole food plant-based diet was the best way to promote health and prevent disease.
Dr. Esselstyn’s book, “Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease”, published in 2007, outlines his experience as a cardiologist treating patients with heart disease with a whole food plant-based diet. He found that this approach could not only prevent the progression of heart disease but also reverse it in some cases.
Why is WFPB diet not popular
Despite the growing evidence supporting a whole food plant-based diet, it has not been widely accepted by Western culture, and there are several reasons for this.
One reason is that the Western diet has been heavily influenced by the food industry, which has promoted processed and convenience foods that are high in sugar, salt, and unhealthy fats. These foods are often cheaper and more widely available than whole, plant-based foods, making them more appealing to consumers.
Another reason is that there is still a lot of confusion and misinformation about nutrition and health. Many people still believe that a diet high in animal products is necessary for good health, and that plant-based diets are deficient in key nutrients like protein and calcium.
However, these concerns are largely unfounded, as plant-based foods can provide all the nutrients the body needs, when consumed in the appropriate amounts and combinations.
Finally, there is a cultural and social aspect to food choices, as many people associate meat and animal products with social status, tradition, and comfort.
Changing eating habits can be challenging, especially when it requires giving up foods that are deeply ingrained in one’s culture and personal identity.
Despite these challenges, there is a growing interest in the WFPB diet, as more people recognize the health benefits of this way of eating. However, WFPB diet has its limitations.
Is WFPB diet and Vegan diet the same
A whole-food plant-based diet and a vegan diet are similar in that both exclude meat, dairy, eggs, and other animal-derived products. However, there are some key differences between the two.
A whole food plant-based diet emphasizes whole, minimally processed foods that come from plants, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
The focus is on eating a variety of nutrient-dense foods in their whole, natural state, rather than relying on heavily processed plant-based products like vegan burgers or meat substitutes.
While a whole food plant-based diet excludes animal products, it is not necessarily a vegan diet, as it may still include honey or other animal-derived products that are not technically considered “meat”.
On the other hand, a vegan diet is defined by the exclusion of all animal-derived products, including meat, dairy, eggs, and honey, as well as other products that may contain animal-derived ingredients, such as gelatin or whey protein.
While a vegan diet may include some whole foods, it is not necessarily a whole food plant-based diet, as it can still include heavily processed plant-based products that are not considered “whole” or minimally processed.
In summary, a whole food plant-based diet and a vegan diet have some overlap in terms of the exclusion of animal products, but differ in terms of the focus on the whole, minimally processed plant-based foods versus the exclusion of all animal-derived products.
Is WFPB diet best for health
Have you noticed how many diet ideas people have come up with? Besides the whole food plant-based and vegan diets, there are many other diet ideas. To name a few most popular ones are the Keto diet, Mediterranean diet, Paleo diet, DASH diet, Low-carb diet, and so on.
No matter how different their diet patterns and items are, they have one thing in common. That is, they try to find the best food combination for health. Although we agree that food is important to your health, it is not the most critical element to defining it.
The most determining factor for your health is YOU, not the food. In other words, you can have whatever natural food (not processed food) combination that suits your culture and tradition and be healthy.
Are you aware of your state when you prepare and cook the food? What is your state when you chew the food? If you are in a constant state of fear, worry, or being distracted when you eat, your health will not be in a good state, regardless of how much healthy food you eat.
In addition, your health is largely determined by how effective your digestive and metabolism system are. As WFPB diet research found, people who consume animal protein and dairy products are prone to develop chronic diseases. The reason is not the food. It’s the poor digestive and metabolism system.
Animal protein and dairy products take much longer to digest fully. When you age, your digestive and metabolism functions weaken. That un-fully digested food stays in your system and becomes a toxin. That’s how health problem happens.
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