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  1. Health and Nutrition News

  2. Apr 26, 2019

Plant-Based Diets Improve After-Meal Calorie Burn

Plant-based diets improve the body's after-meal metabolic rate, according to a review published by Physicians Committee researchers in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Eating larger, plant-based meals high in carbohydrates and protein and low in fat can increase one's post-meal burn associated with improved weight management. Increased physical activity and higher intakes of fruits, vegetables, and fiber also improve the thermic effect of food which may have clinical applications to obesity and type 2 diabetes treatment.


Calcagno M, Kahleova H, Alwarith J, et al. The thermic effect of food: a review. J Am Coll Nutr. Published online April 25, 2019.

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