Plant-based diets have taken the world by storm. During and after the pandemic, the world saw an increase in the number of people adopting this kind of diet into their lifestyle. Here are a few reasons why you should be adding more greens to your plate, and how to do so!
While plants have formed some percentage of many people's diets, across geographies and cultures, there has been a heavy reliance on meat-based consumption. In recent years, however, there has been an increased adoption of plant-based everything across the world, with many individuals choosing to forgo their former meat diets for something a little more... green.
Why is this shift happening? If people are getting much of their nutrients from a diet that contains meat, what makes the consumption of plants better for a person's physiology?
Many have attributed this why to the COVID-19 pandemic and its role in generating increased awareness of healthier living amongst people of all ages. But it was not just the post-2020 surveys that have shown an increase in green consumption. According to global food consultants Baum + Whiteman, plant-based diets have been ranked ‘first’ since their 2018 report on food trends.
We can categorise the reasoning for increased popularity of plant-based diets to be threefold.
Health: Prior to 2019, deteriorating health, food allergies and increasing obesity -- especially among those with high meat intake -- was a significant concern in many countries, eventually leading people to adopt plant-based diets.
Awareness: Over the years, there has been a significant increase in those voicing for the climate, animal rights, and sustainable living, which has also encouraged people to go green in deeper ways.
Celebrities: There is no denying that social trends often encourage people to adopt new things. For example, when Virat Kohli openly claims to shift toward an entirely plant-based diet while being able to maintain similar or even better fitness standards, when Beyoncé consumes mostly vegan meals, people are psychologically more inclined to do something similar.
So why should you have more greens on your plate? Here's why:
A plant-based diet will help regulate your blood sugar levels, unlike meat alternatives.
Having more green on your plate will help with cardiovascular health.
A well-maintained plant-based diet helps mitigate obesity.
Plant-based diets improve cholesterol levels.
This type of diet keeps your skin healthier and prevent strokes.
Living a plant-based life is more in-tune with animal rights and sustainable living, allowing more space for all living beings to thrive within.
If you still have doubts about going plant-based, here’s a link to some fantastic recipes on our blog!