A plant based diet is not a passing fad like the tons of other diets we’ve seen recently. It’s a legit lifestyle choice that promotes good health and overall wellness. Oh, and it’s super easy to follow, as evidenced by the existence of quick and easy yet delicious plant based ramen noodles!
Still not convinced to try out a healthy alternative to regular comfort food? Here are 5 awesome health benefits of eating more plant based noodles.
High Fiber for Better Gut Health
High fiber foods have been shown to improve our gut health by a wide margin. Luckily, in this day and age, we have the option of high-fiber comfort foods such as immi ramen to satisfy our cravings and provide a fiber boost.
There have been countless studies on the positive effects of fiber on overall health, especially stomach health. Fiber helps the stomach bacteria stay alive and thrive, which in turn helps the stomach break down the food properly.
A low fiber diet is the cause of so many illnesses, from heart disease, to even arthritis, not to mention, constipation. Some scientists have even made the connection between a generally low-fiber diet and a shorter lifespan.
This doesn’t have to be the case, not when you have so many fiber-rich ingredients to put into your favorite comfort foods, ramen included.
Add more cruciferous vegetables (Bok Choy, Napa cabbage, etc.) to ramen recipes.
Cruciferous vegetables help supply the body with tons of essential vitamins and fiber, not to mention most of them taste great when cooked right, or even eaten raw.
Fresh radishes, kohlrabi, and arugula all taste great in salads, as well as in ramen. You can use them as flavoring ingredients and as toppings. In both cases, they bring different flavor profiles to the table.
Additionally, horseradish and wasabi are also cruciferous, which adds to their obvious appeal in Asian cuisine.
Healthy Fats for Better Energy Usage
For decades, there was an uproar about the supposed role of fats in making people sick and generally unhealthy over time. However, over the years there have been a number of studies about the actual importance of fats in our diet, and the distinction between good and bad fats.
The right kinds of fats are great for your body in terms of preventing heart diseases, lowering blood sugar levels and cholesterol, and even boosting energy. Healthy fats have been found to not store in the body very easily and break down quickly to help produce energy.
Plant-based ramen is actually a good source of healthy fats due to the lack of animal products and the trans fats that come with them. Our delicious immi ramen (which has more of all the major beneficial nutrients btw!) is a great example of this.
Moving to a primarily plant-based comfort food habit will help improve your overall health while providing you with an always welcome fitness boost.
Add avocado, coconut, nuts, and dried fruit to ramen recipes. Most ramen recipes use some kind of broth base and aromatic oil as major ingredients, both of which are often made with unhealthy fatty compounds.
Try adding these toppings to our healthy immi ramen!
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Using the aforementioned ingredients, as well as various seeds, nuts, and even dark chocolate, can both upgrade your ramen making, and leave you a healthier individual at the end of a bowl.
You can use these fats with a combination of herbs and spices to impart just as deep a flavor in ramen as animal fats would.
You can also use the oils from avocado and coconut to use as a cooking base for even more dishes.
Reduced Inflammation for Healthy Joints
Who knew you could reduce inflammation simply by switching to plant based noodles for daily meals!
If you’re fitness conscious or just looking to get into working out, switching to a mostly plant-based diet, complete with a healthier version of comfort food such as ramen, can be the best gift you give yourself. At least from a dietary point of view.
Meat and dairy are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to joint inflammation in adults. A plant-based diet looks to remedy that with ingredients high in both soluble and insoluble fiber that reduces inflammation from all over the body.
Avoid ingredients that are known to cause inflammation such as some peppers, refined grains, processed meat and dairy, and fried food.
In case there are some healthier recipes that require you to fry something, do so in a healthier oil such as avocado oil or olive oil, both of which have a good Omega 3 profile.
Your best bet for lower inflammation is eating a diverse range of cruciferous and low-starch vegetables, as well as foods rich in collagen.
You can always use spices and mushrooms to bring out a meaty flavor to the dish. On the other hand, you can use flavorful immi ramen to use as both the meal and flavor base, on top of which you can add your vegetables.
Lower Cholesterol for Heart Health
Plant based noodles are naturally lower in the bad kind of cholesterol (LDL), making them ideal for heart-friendly diets.
The biggest culprits when it comes to harmful cholesterol are processed, fried, and meat-based foods. These have little to nothing in the way of good fiber and are often loaded with trans fats, both reasons for bad heart and overall health.
On the other hand, plant-based foods have a naturally high level of HDL or the good type of cholesterol.
According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, plant-based diets were shown to reduce the appearance of LDL by a range of 15-30 percent. This is huge, especially if you’re someone looking to get on the better side of this particular health equation.
When it comes to cholesterol and maintaining a healthy heart, a plant-based diet is the way to go, especially if you’re for more of a long-term effect. This is because vegetables, legumes, healthy grains, and fruits offer the best nutrient profiles, with minimal bad cholesterol.
You can also start using coconut, avocado, and olive oil for cooking, and fish oil for general nutritive purposes.
Plenty of Protein for Overall Fitness
It’s a myth that you need meat and poultry for protein. Take our delicious immi ramen for example, which has 21 grams of protein, which is approx. 3 times the protein of the closest competitor.
This is great if you’re someone looking to up their protein intake without having to resort to bland meals or non-vegan sources of protein such as whey.
Although whey protein isolate is a marginally better option, plant-based protein, that too in comfort food such as ramen, is the way to go.
Peas, beans, broccoli, chia seeds are all great sources of protein on a plant-based diet. If you’re having those in conjunction with healthy salads, veggie-heavy meals, and a wide range of plant-based ingredients, you’re already on the right track in terms of nutrition.
The best thing about such a diet is that there’s no shortage of great meal choices, especially when it comes to noodles. Our ramen has you covered, even when it comes to unique flavors such as our awesome Tom Yum ‘Shrimp’ flavored immi ramen.
There’s really a ton you can do with a plant-based diet to keep it fresh and interesting, not to mention delicious.