The Simple Truth

This is part 2 in our new series on plant-based lifestyles.  

FACT:

Many high fat, high sugar, salty, refined foods do taste good!

The simple truth:

In the bigger picture, these foods do have a place….. what is a family function without that traditional trifle, for instance? And that is exactly it: eaten now and then (not daily or even weekly!) these foods are fine and not damaging to the body. There are also certain foods / condiments that add flavour to foods, like chutney with a curry dish. Although high in sugar, when used in small, controlled amounts (2 teaspoons – not 2 tablespoons – with a meal once a week) they are also not damaging to the body.  It is when we consume dishes and ingredients that are high in fats, sugars, salt and refined carbohydrates excessively that body tissues become damaged progressively over time.

The following chapters will cover in detail the different types of fats and their role / behaviour in the body. We will also look at sugars and refined starches, and understand why excesses are damaging to body tissues. And the other, often-forgotten culprit: salt. We will look at how this electrolyte, when used excessively, causes major trouble in our bodies.

FACT:

For many, animal proteins play an important role in their daily diets. There is a perception that these are the filling foods (a hearty stew or a huge steak) to be consumed after a hard day’s work.

The simple truth:

Scientifically based evidence has repeatedly shown us that excessive intake of animal proteins, such as meat, poultry, dairy, and even eggs, has a detrimental long-term effect on our health, and that primarily plant-based diets have incredibly beneficial effects in the treatment AND prevention of many diseases. And yet, when consumed in small portions once a day, OR in medium-large portions 2-3 times a week, animal proteins are not as damaging to the human body. The ideal to strive for is a diet that contains a wide variety of plant foods (fruits, vegetables, wholegrains, seeds nuts, beans and legumes) at all meals and snacks in a day. This diet MUST be tasty, appealing, filling, and varied. We must look forward to each meal, creating positive associations with these foods over time, and ultimately it will become second nature.

THE BEST PLANT PROTEIN:

The humble SOYA BEAN has so many good properties (complete protein, fibre, essential fat, lignans, minerals, to name but a few), so many health benefits, so many uses, and so much versatility! As we progress through this series, we will explore PROTEIN in detail. How both animal and plant proteins metabolise and behave in the body, with a special focus on soya – debunking its myths and exploring its many uses.

THE GOOD NEWS:

There are SO MANY different plant foods to try out, taste, and experiment with – either as main courses or sides, breakfast dishes, light meals, snacks, AND as ingredients incorporated in tasty dishes. Each part of this series will conclude with a plant-food under the spotlight, with some tasty tips and recipes on how to incorporate this food.

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