A beginner’s guide to a plant-based diet and how it can benefit your health

Susan S. Johnson
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Eating a whole-foods, plant-based diet reduces your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Westend61/Getty Images
  • A plant-based diet consists mostly of foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.

  • If you choose a plant-based diet, you should avoid or limit meat, dairy, eggs, and seafood.

  • A plant-based diet may reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

  • Visit Insider’s Health Reference library for more advice.

Whether for health, ethical, environmental, or spiritual reasons, plant-based diets continue to grow in popularity, with nearly 10 million Americans adopting one. Here’s what you need to know about plant-based diets and their

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Sustainable Film series tackles questions of sustainable farming, soil health, food security

Susan S. Johnson

February’s entry in Walking Mountains Science Center’s Sustainable Film series will cover all things soil. While soil isn’t generally thought of as one of the big factors determining our planet’s health — things like emissions and rising temperatures tend to capture the most attention — its affect on the environment is wide reaching.

“The Need to GROW” screens at the Edwards Riverwalk Theater on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. The free screenings will be social distanced and limited capacity to ensure guest safety.

“The Need to GROW” tackles soil health and its implications for issues such as
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Pandemic Takes Mental Health Toll On US Youngsters

Susan S. Johnson

Anxiety, depression, self-harm and even suicide: a growing number of children in the United States are struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic, doctors, teachers, parents and the government are all warning.

Millions of students have been attending school virtually since March last year, spending hours in front of computers, without playing games or chatting with friends in person and missing out on sports and face-to-face art or music classes.

“There’s a lot of loneliness for me and other teens,” said Sarah Frank, an 18-year-old from Florida, who has not left home since March because she lives with

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I Use My Food Stamps at the Health Food Store & the Shaming Needs to Stop

Susan S. Johnson

I was at a community gathering when I heard someone speak out in criticism of using food stamps—aka Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits—to buy healthful food. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the first time, and it won’t be the last.



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“My wife used to work at the health food store,” I overheard a police officer saying. “She used to tell me about all the people who used food stamps there.” His tone was dismissive; clearly, he did not consider that I or anyone else in the room might be a SNAP

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