Plant-Based Diet Improves Productivity
Peer-reviewed research indicates that plant-based diets improve mood, reduce anxiety, and ameliorate fatigue. And, contrary to the common belief that low-carb diets are important for weight loss, a study comparing people with low-carb versus high-carb diets (with low levels of fat and protein) over a year indicates that the high-carb diet is associated with lower levels of anxiety and depression, and higher levels of wellness.
Apparently, the type of fat we eat really matters. Animal fats, in particular arachidonic acid, which chicken and eggs contain high levels of, are associated with brain inflammation and depression…eek! Time to switch to avocado, folks!
Here’s the relevance for your workplace: vegan diets improve productivity by up to 46%, AND: increase satisfaction with diet, promote better sleep, enhance mental and physical health, provide better physical functioning, and lower food costs. Now that’s a win-win! Another study, this one testing the effects of a vegan nutrition program across the United States in ten corporate sites, found the same results – better productivity due to overall better health. I look forward to more and more studies on this topic.
For a summary of these findings and more, check out Dr. Greger’s video on the benefits of plant-based nutrition in terms of productivity and mood. And, try out some nutritious vegan options through our book.