SSM Health: Sustainable diets lower risks for disease

MADISON, Wis. — Earth Day has passed, but the SSM Recipe for Health team is still focused on how a more sustainable lifestyle impacts our health. This week, Physician Roopa Shah says a more sustainable diet makes a difference, too!

“When we eat more sustainably, we’re getting food that’s grown without harmful pesticides, additives, and carcinogens,” says Shah, “and it’s just food that’s more nutritious, and has more antioxidants, which is going to be more beneficial to our immune systems as well. Of course when we eat more plant forward we have less of an environmental, agricultural impact, and how it benefits our health.:

Dr. Shah also says eating more plant forward lowers the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and increases overall gut health.

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