Turns out, an apple a day really does keep the doctor away. A diet high in fruits and veggies can help to prevent chronic diseases. Numerous studies have linked plant-based diets to protection from cancer and diabetes.
Why? A plant-based diet is naturally low in saturated fat, high in fiber, and lower in added sugar than ones that include animal foods and processed foods. This means they can help you to lose weight, improve blood sugar, and lower blood pressure.
And the good news is, you can start small and still see some big changes. A 2016 study published in PLOS Medicine found that even little tweaks to your diet can help you to lower your risk of diabetes. Simply cutting your daily servings of animal products from six to four was linked to lower diabetes incidence.