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Top 10 Plant-Based Ingredients for Better Health

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It can seem as though deciding to change your diet for better health involves sacrifice. Why give up your favorites for a diet that you’re unsure will work for you or soon be labeled inadequate?

Well, one approach that may work is eating for health. You can’t go wrong when the foods you’re choosing have undeniable and invaluable health benefits. Not to mention, these plant-based alternatives are tasty and can be blended into numerous healthy recipes.

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While natural foods are often good for your body, it’s important to remember that overdoing anything can have side effects. Integrate these at a reasonable portion and always check with your doctor if you experience any irregularities.

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Hemp Seeds 

Hemp seeds are packed with over 15 essential minerals and vitamins. They are a good source of soluble fiber, and might be beneficial to cardiovascular health for their fatty acids.

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Lentils 

They are low-sodium, fiber filled, and full of folate, but they are also antioxidants. They're effective for lowering blood sugar, and a form of prebiotic, making them beneficial for the gut. They may also be beneficial for lowering cholesterol levels in those with diabetes, as well as serve as a prevention for breast cancer. 

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Peanut Butter Powder 

Peanut butter is a high protein food that typically serves a fair amount of vitamins and minerals and essential fat depending on how natural the blend is. The only downside to peanut butter is their high calorie and sugar content. Peanut butter powder is the best way to absorb the benefits with only a fraction of the calories. 

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Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a fantastic source of soluble fiber that aids in regularity of the digestive system. When mixing chia seeds with water, a sort of egg-white like substance can be formed and replace various recipes that call for eggs. 

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Arrowroot

A great plant-based ingredient to replace thickeners is arrowroot. It becomes a creamy thick substance when combined with water and can be used in a variety of sauces, soup, or on its own. It's filling and can assist with the body's immune function. 

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Tofu 

Tofu, which is made primarily from soy protein, can help to reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and balance the gut. It's a rich substitute for meats and beneficial for those wishing to switch to an all plant-based diet. 

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Chickpeas 

Chickpeas are an excellent source of protein, folate, soluble fiber, as well as B vitamins. They are beneficial for gut health, and those struggling with diabetes, heart disease, or obesity. They are GR8 eaten raw, as well as, mashed, and used as a substitute to other thickening or creamy ingredients. 

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Tempeh 

Another protein and nutrient-filled soy product is tempeh. It's fermented and contains prebiotics, as well as important amino acids and antioxidants. It's also known for its fair amount of GABA, a substance that works as a neurotransmitter in the brain and can help alleviate symptoms of stress, anxiety, and fear.  

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Whole Grain Bread 

Whole grain bread is a great alternative to the refined grains found in other bread. It significantly lowers risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. Not to mention, it is beneficial for gut health. 

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Edamame 

These whole soybeans are high in protein and beneficial fat and low in carbs compared to other beneficial legumes. They can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, help improve the function of veins, and are useful for bone health. 

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Amanda is a GR8NESS contributing writer who lives in celebration of self care, and endeavors to approach all things with a student mentality. Her love for the study of self-development is rooted in fitness, holistic wellness, and skin care. She is an advocate for mental health; and hopes to connect others to their own way of daring to care.
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