Planting Health: Analyzing The Role and Accessibility of Plant-Based Diets in the U.S.

19 Pages Posted: 26 Aug 2022

Date Written: August 7, 2022


The consumption of plant-based foods has been associated with decreased mortality and an overall improvement in health. In light of such findings, this paper presents a holistic overview of plant-based diets, including best practices for defining and implementing them. Thereafter, the strength and consistency of the evidence for plant-based diets from randomized clinical trials and observational research are examined. These studies demonstrate the beneficial effects of plant-based diets for people who suffer from cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. This paper then explores the limitations of plant-based diets. Although such diets can exert a powerful impact on human well-being, plant-based foods may not be readily accessible to financially impoverished populations throughout the United States. Moreover, there are a number of additional challenges to consumption that must be addressed, including food neophobia and environmental sustainability. Overall, however, this paper recommends that increased prominence and accessibility should be placed on plant-based foods nationwide.

Funding Information: None.

Conflict of Interests: None.

Keywords: Public Health, Plant-Based Diet, Chronic Disease Management, Nutrition, Cardiovascular Diseases, Type 2 Diabetes

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Thelwell, Lauren, Planting Health: Analyzing The Role and Accessibility of Plant-Based Diets in the U.S. (August 7, 2022). Available at SSRN: or

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