July 2016 Issue

Let Plant Proteins Shine

Putting more plant proteinsóbeans, lentils, soy foods, nuts, and seedsóon your plate offers myriad health benefits.

More and more people are interested in shifting their plate from animal proteins to plant proteins, including beans, soy foods, nuts, and seeds. In fact, a recent Mintel survey found that 36 percent of people are choosing meat alternatives, though only 7 percent identify as being vegetarian. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, you can gain many benefits from eating a more plant-based diet, including lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and obesity. In addition, you can lighten your footstep on Mother Earth by eating fewer animal foods, which require more inputs, such as fossil fuels, land space, and water, than plant foods.

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