A plant-based diet contains no cholesterol!
How am I just now learning about this?
My family and family doctor have always urged me to keep an eye on my cholesterol numbers as I get older because both high cholesterol and high blood pressure run in my family.
I kept observing that the Cholesterol level was always at 0% when we were planning our meals for our Vancouver meal prep company (MANNA | Sacred Meals) early in 2020 while studying the nutrient levels with our specialists. I quickly went through all of the recipe nutrient index cards, and sure enough all Cholesterol levels were listed as 0%. I assumed there had been a mistake and requested that our nutritionist team re-run the analysis since I believed we had overlooked something. "There is no cholesterol in a plant-based diet!" exclaimed our dietician team. Perhaps everyone already knows about this, but it was the first time I heard about it.
I've returned home from the doctor's office a few times in my life with a photocopied sheet of paper listing foods to avoid, such as eggs and prawns. However, it was not stated as clearly as this: "There is no cholesterol with a plant-based diet!"
Since then, I've been doing a lot of my own studying on healthy eating and plant-based diets made up entirely of whole foods. And, based on my web searches, it appears that Facebook, Instagram, and Google knows what I am looking for in their algorithms. Hence my feed is now filled with many articles, stories, and testimonies from celebrities who have switched to a plant-based diet and seen some positive benefits from doing so have appeared in my feeds. Here's a link to a few snippets that showed up in my feed:
Plant-based testimonial @ 4:20 minutes
"So many people are accustomed to...a certain taste...So you've got to slide it in"
Now, I suppose I can't accept everything I see on social media, so I've been looking at materials from the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation, which I believe is a reliable source of information about cholesterol, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
In a nutshell, excessive cholesterol can lead to high blood pressure, which can subsequently lead to heart disease. The following is how it is defined:
High blood pressure causes the heart to work harder to pump nutrient- and oxygen-rich blood to the body. The arteries that deliver the blood become scarred and less elastic. Although these changes happen to everyone as they age, they happen more quickly in people with high blood pressure. As the arteries stiffen, the heart has to work even harder, causing the heart muscle to become thicker, weaker and less able to pump blood. When high blood pressure damages arteries, they are not able to deliver enough blood to organs for their proper functioning. As a result, organs may become damaged, too. For example, this type of damage can affect the heart, causing a heart attack, the brain, causing a stroke, and the kidneys, leading to kidney failure.
There is also a recommendation to move to a DASH Diet. :
The DASH diet isn’t unique – it is very similar to Canada’s Food Guide.
Both Canada’s Food Guide and the DASH diet focus on vegetables, fruit, whole grains and protein choices such as nuts, seeds, beans, lean meats, poultry, fish and low- fat dairy foods. The DASH diet is also low in saturated fat, sugar and salt.
Canada’s Food Guide has moved away from specific serving sizes to the plate method. At every meal fill half your plate with vegetables and fruit, a quarter of your plate with whole-grain foods, and a quarter of your plate with protein foods. The DASH diet specifies the number of servings and serving sizes for each food group.
I have found it interesting that neither the Heart & Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Food Guide are clearly recommending a plant-based diet, but they sure seem to be leaning on emphasizing whole-food sources that are high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and protein sources such as nuts, seeds and beans.
Dispelling the myth:
If you've ever wanted to or been inquisitive about switching to a more plant-based diet but have heard tales that you'll pay a price later in life due to a lack of nutrients in your meals, then MANNA Sacred Meals is the meal service for you. With our meals, we've refuted that misconception, and you can see for yourself on the nutrient index cards for each meal that includes there is more than enough protein, fibre, with excellent rates of Iron, Calcium, and many other essential nutrients. Short story with a long backstory. It was a major thing for me when I first learned that "A plant-based diet has no cholesterol!" I hope this knowledge is useful to you and will assist you in your quest for great, healthy food.