The benefits of eating plant-based foods
A balanced diet: making plants a priority
The key to a healthy diet lies in diversity.
In order to provide your body with all the nutrients it needs, it is crucial to make plant-based products the bulk of your diet.
Of course, part of this is a daily dose of fruit and vegetables (especially vegetables, which contain less sugar), but this isn’t all.
All of the experts agree that the modern Western diet is too high in animal products, and that we need to re-balance this with increased vegetable protein, which should make up at least 50% of your intake.
By reducing our consumption of animal products (meat, cured meat products, dairy products etc.) and increasing our plant-based protein intake, we can reduce how much saturated fat we consume (a significant factor for cardio-vascular health) and increase our intake of fibre and other micro-nutrients (vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants etc.), which we are often lacking. This is why we should try to eat as much plant-based protein as we do animal-based. And where can we find these proteins? In legumes such as dried beans, lentils, chickpeas and soy.
Soy: a whole range of nutritional benefits
Soy, one of the best sources of plant-based protein
Did you know that the “soybean sprouts” that you find in Asian cuisine are actually mung bean sprouts, and have nothing in common with the yellow soy bean used to make soy-based products? They do not have the same nutritional properties at all.
Soy beans are legumes. The seeds are used to manufacture a number of food products.
Soy has a number of great nutritional benefits
- Soy is rich in high-quality vegetable protein, the only plant-based source to rival the levels in animal-based products (meat, eggs, fish etc.) as they contain the 8 amino acids which are essential for our bodies. Soy can be eaten as a great source of protein and replace some of your animal-based protein intake.
- Soy beans, like other plants, do not contain cholesterol. Rather, they contain good fats, mostly unsaturated, including the famous Omega 3 and 6 which are vital to our health. By replacing some of your animal-based products with soy, you can reduce your consumption of saturated fat and maintain a normal level of circulatory cholesterol.
- A great alternative to dairy products. As it comes from plants, soy is naturally lactose-free. Enriched with calcium, Sojasun desserts and drinks have a comparable nutritional profile to semi-skimmed milk and other dairy products (yoghurts and dairy-based desserts). These soy-based foods and drinks are adapted for people who are lactose intolerant. They are also perfect for people who are allergic to dairy products, but can still eat soy.
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Soy, a great food for everybody
Thanks to their nutritional benefits, soy-based products can be a great part of any balanced diet. In Asia, people have been eating soy for over 5000 years, starting from childhood.
Eating soy is good for our health, but did you know that it’s also good for the planet?
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Soy and its environment
With an ever-increasing world population and an over-reliance on diminishing natural resources, it is vital to rethink our relationship with food.
If every country in the world consumed as much meat as Western countries, we would need several times the surface of the Earth in order to meet our own needs!
Soy beans provide more protein per hectare than any other crop.
Thanks to both how it’s grown and its nutritional profile, soy could be one of the answers to the ecological issues of the future:
Soy, an environmentally-friendly plant
Soy farms are environmentally friendly because they require so little fertilizer and pesticides. Even better, they protect the soil and enrich it with nutrients for future crops.
Soy, a low-energy plant
What’s more, to grow one kilo of soy protein we need 20 times less surface area, 5 times less water and release 15 times less CO2 than for one kilo of beef.
As a comparison, if all the countries in Europe chose to eat plant-based protein for one day every week, that would be the equivalent of taking 1.7 million cars off the roads!
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