Experts Say We Must Up Our Intake of Plant-Based Foods

Boudicca Fox-Leonard - The Telegraph
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August 2, 2022


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The Beginner's Guide to a Plant-Based Diet (Hackensack Medical Center)

Dr. Hazel Wallace, founder of educational platform The Food Medic, told me that basically any plant-based food is important. “That means anything that comes from plants. Yes, fruits and vegetables, but also beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, grains like oats, quinoa and brown rice, and whole grains.” They’re all worth one point, but herbs and spices only count for a quarter.

They also don’t need to be fresh. Plant-based can come from cans, jars, or refrigerators. Spices and herbs can be sun dried.

The news that the mints in my julienne and the paprika on the couscous are a quarter each is appreciated. Having recently worn a blood glucose monitor in another post and seeing how fruit improved my levels, I was wary of rummaging through Carmen Miranda’s hat every week for my 30s.

My experiment started off well, forcing me to break up my routine with small changes; the birch muesli I bought from the cafe was replaced by another yogurt jar with passion fruit and mango. Still, by midweek, I saw some repeat invitees. “You’ve been off the list!” I told Tomatoes and Spinach, like a frustrated bouncer.

There are obstacles to achieving this diversity. We are in the midst of a cost of living crisis. Unless you’re a large family, buying multiple ingredients each week inevitably leads to food waste.

It also goes against a seasonal diet: It seems crazy to start eating Peruvian asparagus in January, just to tick the box.

Here’s what Eve Kalinik knows about her clients. “I don’t think people should be so focused on diversity that they end up having to throw out a lot of food.”

Her advice, if you don’t live in a large family with a big weekly store, is to start using more frozen vegetables, as well as cans and jars.

“Foods like spinach and berries are much more nutritious when frozen, because vitamin C degrades after the vegetable or fruit is harvested.” So allocators experiencing oversupply should be busy pickling and freezing. The latter is definitely a friend of 30 times a week.

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Related: What Is a Plant-Based Diet? Food List, 7-Day Meal Plan, Benefits, and More (Everyday Health)

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