Another January is here, and with so much traditional food with added fat and sugar behind you, you might hear the voice of conscience – reminding you that you are what you eat. And as you stroll through errands and warm and welcoming cafes to start the new year, it seems like plant-based foods are everywhere. A whole new group of consumers has discovered plant-based products, with appealing offerings on the shelves of grocery stores, restaurant menus, bakeries, pizzerias, delis, cafes and burger shops. So let’s make a prediction for 2022: Plant-based foods will not only cross their previous path to mainstream adoption – they will be preferred for many reasons.
It is now clear that animal protein production has many limitations – environmental degradation, animal welfare, cultural considerations, and health restrictions. Replacing meat with alternative ingredients is fast becoming the norm in many countries around the world, with the number and variety of alternative meat products growing annually.
People ingest many plant-based foods as part of their normal diet. Infusing plant-based foods is easier, more engaging, and more compelling than ever. While such products are still a relatively small part of the US food and beverage industry, valued at $ 585 billion, demand is increasing annually. Many factors will be helping this plant-based diet awaken in 2022. Let’s look at some of these and see the evidence backing the prediction that the plant-based diet will increase in 2022.
Time for a healthier diet
To maximize what longevity experts call the “health margin,” at least 50% of protein should come from plant sources. People like you are starting to evaluate the related benefits / harms of a plant-based diet to human health and the environment. Your personalized nutritional solutions likely hint at a middle ground where you identify compromises and substitutions that you want to make. For example, you might choose to eat less processed meat and more seafood.
Indeed, the rapid growth of the alternative protein market poses a threat to the conventional meat industry. This is because the entirety of what you eat on a daily basis determines your health outcomes – whether positive general health traits or nutritional deficiencies. In fact, alternative meats are often viewed as a bridge to other non-animal sources of protein. Edamame, tofu, and tempeh are examples of whole soy products that contain protein and fiber. Throughout history, beans and rice have combined to form a complete protein.
Climatic focus on the food
How you eat and what you eat can have a real impact on your nutrient intake and carbon footprint. How can you tailor your meat-based diet so that you and the earth are healthier?
The UN says industrial meat production is one of the most destructive ways people make their footprint on the planet. Industrial meat is a leading cause of deforestation worldwide. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization has found that over the past 25 years, forests the size of India have been cleared for cattle breeding. Such changes in agriculture and forestry affect our current ecosystems and their services and potentially threaten our general food, water and livelihood security.
When you follow a climatic diet, you are aware of how the foods you eat are changing the planet. To do your part in reducing CO2 emissions, you can choose lower carbon and greener options. It means taking into account the carbon footprint and emissions level of the food you buy and consume.
A climatic diet that focuses on whole plant-based foods can also reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and obesity. 60% of the calories people consume in the United States come from processed foods, which provide enormous amounts of calories and huge business profits – but virtually no food. Instead, a climatic diet can increase your overall vitality, mental health, and longevity.
Prediction: More men will switch to a plant-based diet
Yes, it’s hard for the guys out there to hear, but men’s meat-heavy diets are responsible for 40% more climate-damaging emissions than women’s. Meat consumption in rich countries needs to be greatly reduced to tackle the climate crisis, which is mainly caused by the methane and deforestation related to cattle. This goal can be greatly assisted if more men open their minds and hearts to more flexible food choices with more herbal products. And it happens! The beetroot says herbal diets are becoming increasingly popular with men who are leading healthier lifestyles, losing weight, or wanting to gain maximum muscle.
Many male celebrities promote a plant-based diet. Powerlifting record holder Patrik Baboumian, Olympic runner-up Dotsie Bausch, ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek and seven-time Mr. Olympic champion Arnold Schwarzenegger advocate a plant-based lifestyle on screen, and swapping turkey for tofu has never been like this big been quite so convincing. Since the 2018 Netflix show The game changer, Tour de France champion Chris Froome, rocky star Dolph Lundgren and professional bodybuilder Kai Greene have all switched to a plant-based diet.
Men who are switching to a plant-based diet must learn to pay special attention to their vitamins (B12, D) and minerals (calcium, zinc, iron), protein and fiber when consuming only plants.
Chemicals, Pesticides, and Plant-Based Diets
In 2021 it became increasingly clear that the greatest human impact on Earth was the billions of tons of chemicals we emit and circulate through our normal daily and industrial activities. These activities include the foods we eat. More than ever, consumers like you are choosing products that are toxin-free, reducing chemical inputs into the food chain, water supply, air and the environment through informed consumer choice.
Last year, the people of the United States spent nearly $ 9 billion on pesticides for agriculture. The widespread use of pesticides seriously endangers the health of fish and aquatic life, insects and mammals, including many endangered species. Instead, agroecology can model a future in which agriculture responds to the climate crisis by getting rid of pesticides and preserving vital biodiversity. It is the integration of ecology into the agricultural and food systems, which includes ecological, economic and social dimensions. It offers a growing population adequate and healthy nutrition without chemical additives and with – and not against – nature.
By incorporating organic substances into the soil, regenerative agriculture produces higher yields and nutrient-rich plants. It creates resilience – reduces erosion and runoff, improves water quality on and off the farm, and helps better cope with the effects of climate change such as floods and droughts. The transition to agroecology implies the development and use of innovations in order to be able to respond to the real needs of the users with the help of new technologies. Agroecology needs your support.
The R&D prediction that paid off
Scientists have found that limiting global warming will be impossible without significant changes in the world’s diet. Achieving a low environmental impact food future that contributes to food and nutritional stability and provides healthy life for present and future generations is an urgent task that depends on global collaborative efforts.
In response to the devastating climate crisis, many companies are working to reduce the animal meat industry’s significant climate footprint by finding innovative ways to switch to plant-based meat products. A grant from Beyond Foods, a distributor of plant-based meat alternatives, compared the effects of consuming plant-based alternative meat as opposed to animal meat on health factors. The researchers examined results such as the concentration of TMAO (trimethylamine-N-oxide), a metabolite in the intestinal flora that indicates the risk of cardiovascular disease, LDL cholesterol and body weight. All 3 improved with the plant-based alternative foods.
According to a recent study, more than half – 52% – of US consumers eat more plant-based foods and beverages. The number rises to two thirds – 65% – worldwide. Almost 60% of respondents said their switch to plant-based foods was permanent or hoped it would be permanent.
And you? What is your forecast for a plant-based diet in 2022?
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