Why Plant Based?
Updated: Jun 19, 2019
You may be wondering where all of this vegan craze is coming from. Left and right, plant-based items are popping up on store shelves. Perhaps the steak joint down the street now has a vegan menu. But why? Aside from all the media and hype centered around veganism, we are going to share three fundamental reasons why a plant-based diet is something to pay close attention to. It is good for the earth, good for the wallet, but most importantly good for human health.
Although there are differing opinions on climate change, many can agree that human consumption has made a significant impact on the earth and it needs to be corrected. A large portion of this human consumption is based on the production of highly processed animal products such as milk, and ground meats. According to a study done by the National Institute of Health, 18-20% of greenhouse gas emissions in the world are caused by producing these items. Many other studies agree that it can take upward of 2,000 gallons of water just to produce one pound of ground beef. Holy cow, right? On the other hand, producing plant-based whole foods such as tofu takes about 240 gallons of water according to the California Water Education Foundation. Research is always helpful to know about how we can best steward our earth. In fact, there are some plant-based foods out there that also have detrimental impacts when not produced in a careful manner. BUT what we can ensure is that taking steps toward a plant-based diet, is taking leaps and bounds to a better earth.
Not only are the environmental savings a huge plus, but real dollar savings has many turning their heads as well. When factoring whole, natural, high protein and tummy filling plant-based foods, such as oats, rice, beans, lentils, potatoes, and fruits and vegetables, one person can get by on 3 meals a day, 7 days a week at under $30 a week. A pound of grass-fed natural beef costs around $5-$7 depending on the brand. However, a pound of organic, minimally processed protein-rich tofu could costs $2 at most. Allergic to soy? Try lentils, brown rice, chickpeas ranging from $0.70 - $2.00 per pound. It may seem confusing because so many high-end vegan products are marked up at a premium, but it does not take much to have homemade, cheap vegan meals at your fingertips. Here are a couple of Wholistic Brands’ staff favorite meals for under $3 each!
⅔ cup of whole oats
¼ cup of pumpkin seeds
¼ cup of crushed walnuts
Cinnamon and vanilla to taste
Any plant-based sweetener of your choice
Price: $1.95 - $2.50
Tofu & Vegetable Stir Fry
1 cup of buckwheat soba noodles
½ cup of tofu
1 cup of broccoli
½ cup of corn
½ cup of bell pepper
Add any extra veggies you want!
Soy Sauce, Spices, and Agave to taste
Price: $1.70 - $2
And for when you are in a hurry...
A handful of Wholistic Brands
Price per serving: $0.83
Better Health, Better You
Lastly, we want to emphasize how important you are to our community and to our world. You matter, and it is crucial to take care of yourself as you have tremendous worth to the ones you love and the people around you. According to the National Institute of Health, a study was done that shows those on a healthy plant-based or even just vegetarian diet are 24% less likely to obtain heart disease, the number one killer in America. A plant-based diet is also highly effective for weight loss efforts, cutting down the risk of obesity, while also taking in more essential nutrients and vitamins such as potassium, magnesium, Vitamin B12, and healthy levels of protein. We stress at Wholistic Brands the importance of consuming whole, natural, minimally processed foods. Organic, non-GMO tofu or soybeans, quinoa, and peas, are great ways to get complete proteins needed for full body function and growth. Researchers have found that a healthy consumption of soy has attributed to a 25% - 35% reduction of cancer risk in men and women.
You got the power!
Although we hope for a world where everyone is a complete vegan, that just may not be possible. But, the impacts on the environment, your wealth, and your health are just enough reasons to leave the plant-based conversation on the table. You can even begin making an impact just by having one completely plant-based meal per day. Or you can start out slow, by just having one completely plant-based meal per week. Feel empowered in knowing that every small decision you make has a tremendous impact on our earth and community.