This section is for people looking for plant-based recipes, for those wanting to eat more vegetables than they use to do, and also for those who love eating meat, hoping they will shift to a diet with more vegetables, pulses, and cereals (preferably whole grain). All of you will find here tasty plant-based ideas from France, Italy, China, and more.
Why do we need to eat more plant-based food?
#1 To reduce meat intake
Limiting your meat intake has a positive effect on health and the environment, not to mention the ethical issue. According to researchers, the over-consumption of meat, especially red meat, increases the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
In the Mediterranean regions the incidence of chronic diseases is lower than in the USA and other regions where meat compsumption is higher. Scientific evidence suggests that the “traditional dietary habits and lifestyle unique to the Mediterranean region lower the incidence of chronic diseases and improve longevity.” (Romagnolo, Selmin, 2017). Specifically, more fruit and vegetables, more fish, and more legumes are eaten in Mediterranean regions than in the USA. Moreover, in the Mediterranean areas the main source of fat is extra virgin olive oil. So, increasing the proportion of vegetables, including pulses, into your diet will be beneficial to your health.
#2 As source of nutrients, vitamins, fibers and more
Fruit and vegetables contain the nutrients, vitamins, and fibers necessary to the good functioning of our organism. They also contain phytochemicals, protective elements unique to plants. The most famous ones are carotene and polyphenols. For example, carrots, tomatoes, and broccoli contain carotene. Grapes, tea, cocoa, and nuts contain polyphenols, a type of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory molecules.
#3 Fighting global warming
Livestock breeding is responsible for 14.5 percent of all Greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activities, which is as much as the transport sector.
#5 Protecting biodiversity
Livestock and agriculture need land. All over the world, plantations of oil palm, soy, coffee, and many other crops are replacing forest. The result is an irreversible loss of biodiversity.
#6 Protecting water
Deforestation, pesticides, and fertilizers pollute watercourses and the water cycle.
We therefore recommend eating as much organic plant-based food as possible, both for health and for the environment.
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