What does a plant-based diet include? Elizabeth Tracey reports


Are you considering a transition to a more plant based diet as part of your strategies for 2023? Jaqueline Rose, a dietician at Johns Hopkins, says it’s a worthy goal, and one that’s founded in history.

Rose: The term ‘plant based’ was created in the 1980s and originally plant based was meant to describe a non animal way of eating. Now originally it was associated with more vegan or vegetarian diet styles of eating, but more recently it has started to encompass other styles of eating that may or may not necessarily include animal products. For those who aren’t aware of what plant based foods are, they include essentially all fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes.  :30

Rose emphasizes that plant based can and often does emphasize the majority of foods consumed being of plant origin, but also includes things like cheese, eggs, and fish. She notes that such choices are almost always good for weight management and are also environmentally sound. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.