Why Does A Plant Based Diet Protect Against Diabetes?
Free radials appear to be an important trigger for insulin resistance and diabetes 2, and the strong concentration of antioxidants in a whole food plant-based diet help to negate the negative effects of free radicals.
Not only does the consumption of a plant-based diet increase the amount of antioxidants in the body, it also causes antioxidant enzymes to increase. A conventional diabetic diet actually decreases antioxidant enzyme production.
Some of the phytonutrients in plant foods are now thought to be lipotropes, which help to quickly remove fat from the organs and counteract the inflammatory processes initiated by saturated animal fats.
Too much fat is the bloodstream causes insulin resistance and also contributes to heart disease and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
Fiber in plant foods also decreases insulin resistance by removing excess estrogen from the body. Data supports that excessive estrogen plays a role in the development of diabetes. High fat, low fiber diets stimulate the specific bacteria in the colon to produce unwanted estrogen.