Top 5 benefits of introducing more plant-based produce into your diet.
Commentary attributed to Rebecca Gawthrone, Future Farm Nutritionist and Founder of Nourish Naturally
Plant-based eating has gone mainstream, and for good reasons. Research has shown that plant-based eating boasts a number of health and ecological benefits. From reduced risk of chronic diseases and cancer, to improved heart, lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, reduced inflammation, and even improved gut health, immune health, energy levels and mood! And all of this can be achieved without the stress of counting calories and while benefiting the health of the planet. It simply comes down to introducing more plant-based produce into your diet.
What is a Plant Based Diet?
A plant based diet is exactly as the name suggests: it’s a diet based on plants. Plant foods include vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, herbs and spices, and all various products made from plant foods. Plant-based eating makes plants the staple of your eating and minimises animal-based foods and food products.
By introducing more plant-based produce into your diet, you will reap a multitude of health benefits, while also protecting the animals, your hip pocket and the planet.
Let’s have a look at the top 5 benefits of introducing more plant-based produce into your diet.
Top 5 benefits of introducing more plant-based produce into your diet
1. For your nutrients: plant-based produce is rich in both macro and micronutrients that our body needs on a daily basis. Vegetables and fruit are packed with fibre and essential vitamins and minerals, nuts and seeds are rich in healthy fats, wholegrains are loaded with energy sustaining carbs and micronutrients, and spices are bursting with antioxidants.
Despite common misconception, you can even meet your protein needs on a plant-based diet. While meat and other animal products are rich in protein, there are many plant foods like lentils, beans, tempeh and plant-based meats that are excellent sources of protein. Future Farm’s plant-based meats are made with protein-rich natural ingredients like chickpeas, soy and pea and provide a whopping amount of protein per serve. As Future Farm’s products so closely replicate the taste, texture and tenderness of meat, they’re an easy way for meat and non-meat eaters to meet their protein needs.
2. For your gut health – plant-based produce is rich in fibre, which is essential for a healthy functioning gut. Research has linked introducing more plant-based produce into the diet to greater microbial diversification, which positively influences our immune system, skin health and has even been linked to reduced anxiety and depression.
Some plant foods contain a special type of fibre called prebiotics, which acts as food for the healthy bacteria in our gut. Plant foods rich in prebiotics include garlic, onions, green bananas, legumes, nuts, oats, artichoke, leeks, asparagus, beans and chickpeas, as well as products made from these prebiotic-rich foods. Unlike animal meat which doesn’t contain prebiotics, Future Farm’s plant-based burgers, minced meat and meatballs are made from natural, gluten-free and GMO-free ingredients like chickpeas and thus contain these prebiotics. So replacing animal meat with plant-based options like Future Farm’s will benefit your gut health.
3. For a healthy weight – studies have found that your risk of obesity decreases when you swap from a meat-heavy diet to a plant-based diet made mostly of whole unprocessed plant produce. There are a multitude of reasons that could contribute to this, but it’s partly due to the fact that plant foods are rich in fibre, which helps us feel full and satisfied, as well as vegetables being low in calories, and plant foods like whole grains having a lower glycemic index, which means they are digested more slowly and help to keep you feeling full.
4. For a healthier, longer life – introducing more plant-based produce into your diet you can help you live a healthier, longer life. Plant-based diets have been shown to help manage high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and support heart health. Eating more plant-based produce can also help reduce inflammation in the body and reduce the risk of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and even certain cancers. Studies have even shown plant-based diets lowers the risk of all causes of mortality.
5. For the environment – animal foods like meat are one of the planet’s leading sources of greenhouse gas emissions and are fuelling the climate crisis. Swapping to a plant-based diet has a high potential for reducing our carbon footprint and mitigating climate change. In fact, plant foods like fruits, vegetables, grains and beans can even help protect the planet.
Companies like Future Farm are leading the way and creating a more sustainable life for people, animals and the entire ecosystem by investing in the power of plant protein. Future Farm have integrated sustainable practices at every stage of their processing and are stepping it up by leaving even less of a trace on the planet. Their plant-based patties for example have always had a smaller footprint than meat patties, but now whenever you purchase a Future Burger, 100% of the carbon emissions produced—from growing the crops to disposal at your house—are offset by Climate Partner and are preventing Amazon deforestation.
So if you want to reap all of these incredible benefits and improve your health and the health of the planet, it’s time to start introducing more plant foods into your diet!
About Rebecca Gawthorne
Rebecca Gawthrone, Future Farm Nutritionist and Founder of Nourish Naturally, is an Accredited Practising Dietitian, Accredited Nutritionist and a member of the Dietitians Association of Australia.
About Future Farm
Changing the way people eat meat around the world, to ensure a better future for people, animals and the entire ecosystem of planet earth: this is the mission Future Farm is founded on. Future Farm is an international food tech company that uses natural, non-GMO products to create the best plant-based meat, Future Farm’s innovative approach allows them to produce food that has the same taste, texture and juiciness as meat without harming animals or the planet. After launching in Brazil in 2019, Future Farm began an expansion process in Europe and the United Arab Emirates in 2021 and today its products are available in 28 countries worldwide. To date, Future Farm has sold more than 12 million pieces of its products worldwide.
The ‘Future Burger’, minced meat, and meatballs have only natural, gluten-free and GMO-free ingredients, such as peas, soy, chickpeas, and beetroot powder. Future Farm was the first brand in Brazil to receive the Fast Company 2020 World Changing Award, which is given to companies and organisations driving change in the world. Future Farm has started the process to become a B Corp and has received the following certifications: FDA certification (Food & Drug Administration); BRC Audit (global standard assessment for retailers) with the highest AA + FSMA score; RTRS (certification for soy production, processes and trading – This is an international initiative that brings together soy producers, retailers and processors, as well as banks and social organisations, in order to encourage responsible soy cultivation worldwide and the social responsibility of this sector); Kosher certification issued by OU (Union of Horthodox Jewish Congregations of America) for the following products: Future Burger, Future Meat Balls, and Future Mince. It also uses only responsibly produced coconut fat and canola oil; certified vegan ingredients and sustainable packaging.
Future Farm is excited to announce the Future Burger is now carbon neutral. A plant-based diet has always had a smaller environmental footprint than a meat-based one, but we are taking our commitment to the next level by measuring, offsetting and reducing our carbon impact. Whenever you buy a Future Burger, in any of our 28 countries currently stocked with the range, 100% of the carbon emissions (from growing the crops to disposal at your house) are offset by Climate Partner. What’s more, we are specifically offsetting by preventing Amazon deforestation in our home country of Brazil.