A plant-based diet or a plant-rich diet is a diet consisting mostly of foods derived from plants. The main idea is to make plant-based foods the central part of meals. This means focusing more on fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes, and avoiding animal-sourced foods.
Interestingly, there are at least 4 types of plant-based diets:
- Flexitarian Diet which includes eggs, dairy, occasional meat, poultry, fish and seafood.
- Pescatarian Diet includes eggs, dairy foods, ﬁsh, and seafood, but no meat or poultry.
- Vegetarian Diet includes eggs and dairy foods, but no meat, poultry, ﬁsh, or seafood.
- Vegan includes no animal foods.
So depending on what suits you, you can adopt a more plant-based diet!
Plant-based advocates adopt the diet for its many health-benefits such as lower risks of heart disease, lower blood sugar levels, improved kidney function, and even as protection against cancer.
Others are also promoting this diet as an earth-friendly diet. According to a study, a global shift to a more plant-based diet could reduce greenhouse gases from food production to 70%!
Imagine, you can help save the planet just by eating better!
If you have been curious to try a more plant-based diet and want to do so slowly, you may want to try vegetarian-friendly faux meat.
The good news is that there is a growing market of plant-based options in the Philippines.
Here are four new plant-based options you may want to try today:
1. Nestle’s Harvest Gourmet
2. San Miguel Foods’ Veega
(Vegetarian, some products contain eggs)
Available in selected leading supermarkets nationwide, their San Miguel Hub, Shopee Store, and Lazada Store. Each pack weighs at least 160 grams to 250 grams, sold with a price range of Php 99 to Php 235 each.
3. Century Pacific Food’s unMEAT
4. Worth the Health
WTH plant-based meat products are sold for Php 250 per 200g pack, but they also offer sample bundles starting at Php 699 (Bundle of 3), Php 1,250 (Bundle of 5)! Check out their website!
Have you tried some of these foods?
Let us know in the comment box below which is your top choice!