WHAT FOOD PRODUCTS DO YOU CONSUME THE MOST?
Ask yourself the following questions and be honest in your answer:
- What food products do you consume the most?’
- Are you consuming healthy or Junk food?
- Are your food choices out of habits or awareness?
- What affects your choices when you shop grocery?
Make yourself a priority and take time to care for yourself. It is important that you be aware of how to make healthy food consumption choices because there is a proven connection between healthy food and feeling great physically and mentally.
10 TIPS: MAKE BETTER FOOD CHOICES
- Find out what you need: Get personalized nutrition information based on your age, gender, height, weight, and physical activity level. You could ask your medic or visit a nutritionist so this way you are aware of your body needs, it is important to learn listening to your body and understanding the signs it gives us.
- Enjoy your food but eat less: Use a smaller plate at meals to help control the amount of food and calories you eat. Take time to enjoy smaller amounts of food.
- Strengthen your bones: Choose foods like fat-free and low-fat plant-based milk, cheese, yogurt, and fortified soymilk to help strengthen bones. Be sure your morning coffee includes fat-free or low-fat milk.
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables: Add fruit to meals as part of main or side dishes. Choose red, orange, or dark-green vegetables like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli, along with other vegetables for meals.
- Drink water: Sip water or other drinks with few or no calories to help maintain a healthy weight. Keep a water bottle in your bag or at your desk to satisfy your thirst throughout the day.
- Eat whole grains more often: Choose whole grains like brown rice and whole-grain pasta and bread more often. Foods with a high-fiber content can help give you a feeling of fullness and also provide key nutrients.
- Learn what is in foods: Use both ingredient and Nutrition Facts labels to discover what various foods contain.
- Be active whenever you can: Set a goal to fit in at least 2½ hours of moderate physical activity in your week. Being active 10 minutes at a time also adds to your weekly total. Ask your friends or family to keep you company as you bike, jog, walk, or dance. Don’t forget to do some muscle-strengthening activities twice a week.
THE FUTURE OF FOOD CONSUMPTION IS PLANT-BASED
Countless new products from plant-based companies have hit supermarket shelves in order to satisfy the growing demand for climate- and animal-friendly foods. From plant-based tuna to creamy dairy-free cheese and milk, there’s been no shortage of delicious new options to try.
Plant-based meat innovation has also come a long way this year. Beyond Meat introduced an even meatier version of their famous Beyond Burger, with a texture nearly indistinguishable from its animal-derived counterpart, and will soon be bringing the Beyond Sausage to Europe. This and other products from plant-based meat brands such as Moving Mountains and Impossible Foods mean that it’s now easier than ever to make more planet-friendly food choices.
So many fast-food chains and major supermarkets have hopped on board, that it’s hard to keep up! The plant-based sausage roll from UK bakery chain Greggs was a huge hit, while Burger King added the Impossible Whopper to its menu, and McDonald’s introduced a plant-based burger in Germany and parts of Canada. KFC tested the plant-based ‘Imposter’ chicken burger in the UK and Beyond Meat’s fried chicken in the US. Supermarket chains Tesco and Sainsbury’s even placed plant-based meat in the traditional meat aisle, nudging those who enjoy meat to try a more sustainable option instead.
BACKED BY SCIENCE
While 2019 has seen a growth in plant-based options for consumers, there’s been increasing recognition from government bodies of the importance of a plant-based diet. The UN’s IPCC launched a report on land use and climate change in August that was widely shared and advocated for a plant-based diet as a viable solution to the climate crisis. Similarly, the EAT-Lancet report noted the considerable evidence that a plant-based diet is better for the health of humans and the planet. The report brings together the research of 30 leading scientists and advocates for the ‘planetary health diet’, recommending an increase in plant-based foods alongside a reduction in red-meat consumption.
In January, Canada released a revised national food guide for the first time in more than a decade. The new guide recommends opting for protein from plant-based sources and significantly reducing dairy and meat intake, lumping them into the protein category, alongside nuts and legumes. It’s promising for our planet and the health of us all to see plant-based diets backed by scientific research and government institutions.
The solution is in pour plates. This year has been a huge success for plant-based food, but there have been setbacks. In August, the ongoing burning of the Amazon rainforest made global headlines. It emerged that the majority of fires were started deliberately by ranchers to clear land for cattle production, as unfortunately, while plant-based foods continue to rise in popularity, there is still a growing global demand for meat. More recognition of the importance of reducing meat and dairy product consumption is vitally needed, in addition to systemic and individual change.
As an individual, you can help by making food choices that are better for humans, animals, and the planet! You could discover all the healthy plant based choices at TUTTOFOOD EXPO. TUTTOFOOD is the B2B exhibition for the agri-food ecosystem, a national and international point of reference for sector development and for the identification, planning, and steering of the relaunch of tomorrow’s food sector.