Vegan senatorial candidate Elmer Francisco says that a plant-based diet should be promoted in the Philippines.
During the senatorial debate for this year’s elections in the Philippines “Harapan 2019: The ABS-CBN Senatorial Town Hall Debate,” 8 candidates debated over how healthcare in the Philippines can become more affordable for all Filipinos who need treatment.
Francisco, one of the senatorial candidates, suggested that a plant-based diet should be promoted by government officials in the country to improve the health of Filipinos as meat has negative effects on the health and causes the majority of illnesses.
“Aside from being cheap, it [plant-based diet] is also healthy,” he said in the debate.
Aside from suggesting a plant-based diet, the vegan senatorial candidate also said that the government should work on addressing the pollution in the country and choose electric public transport to help the environment.
There are many studies supporting Francisco’s claims that a plant-based diet has many positive effects on not only physical health but also mental health.
In a recent study published in the journal Nutrients, researchers found that a plant-based diet is best for regulating weight, blood sugar, and hunger.
The study also found that the diet increases beneficial gut hormones that help insulin secretion, regulation of glucose metabolism, energy homeostasis, weight management, and satiety unlike non-vegan food.
Another study published in Nature Microbiology also found that certain bacteria in the human gut could be one of the causes of depression and a plant-based diet can help fight it.
This year’s voting period for the Senate seat in the Philippines will be held on May 13.