Nourish Yourself with Plant Based Foods at Our Wellness Cafe
Welcome to Nourish, where we serve up an organic menu of plant based foods seven days a week! We opened our wellness cafe because of the benefits we experienced following a plant based diet, and wanted to bring the awesomeness of plant based foods to our community in downtown Northampton. You may have a sense that plants are good for you — but what does that really mean? Read on to learn about the many positive effects of a plant based diet on the body. Then visit us at Nourish Wellness Cafe to try our creative takes on vegan and vegetarian fare! We also provide options for gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free eaters, and almost all our menu items can be modified to accommodate dietary restrictions.
What are the Benefits of Plant Based Foods?
Not only are plants delicious and diverse in flavor, texture, and color — they are also highly beneficial, especially when consumed as a majority of the diet.
The more fruits and vegetables one consumes, the lower one’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease, according to a 14-year Harvard study of 110,000 people. “Specifically, people who averaged eight-plus servings of fruits and veggies a day were 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack or stroke, compared to those who had less than 1.5 daily servings.” (Source: US News & World Report)
Research suggests a plant based diet can help prevent Type 2 diabetes, a disease that occurs when blood sugar is too high. In Type 2 diabetes, the body does not make enough insulin, or does not use insulin well. If not managed, Type 2 diabetes can lead to many health problems, including kidney disease, heart disease and stroke, nerve damage, and more.
A diet rich in plant based foods can lower high blood pressure, which 1 in 3 American adults suffers from. High blood pressure is linked to higher risk of heart disease and stroke.
More Benefits of Going Plant Based
Because plant based foods are lower in calories than meat, a plant based diet can help promote weight loss. Plant based foods are high in fiber, which may lower blood sugar and cholesterol while promoting healthy digestion and elimination. A plant based diet can support healthy vision, because many vegetables provide high levels of Vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin pigments. Fruits and vegetables also contain vitamins, pigments and phytochemicals, such as lycopene and Vitamin C, that promote healthy skin.
Our Commitment to Sustainability
Compared to meat-based diets, plant-based diets are more sustainable. The production of plant foods uses substantially fewer natural resources and is less taxing to the environment than the production of meat. We love our planet; operating an organic and plant based restaurant that sources from many local farmers is one of the ways in which we live our commitment to sustainability.