The food that we consume plays an important role in our wholistic wellbeing and it’s essential to understand what to consume. Let’s start with the 4Ps: Plant-based Protein, Prebiotics, and Probiotics.
As the trend of veganism is rising, more and more people are inclined to adopt the vegan diet or switch to a ‘plant-based’ diet. It is to reduce the use of animal products and have the fortified health benefits of a vegan diet when compared to an omnivore’s diet. Saying it, not because the non-vegetarian food is bad, but in contrast, it is more nutritious. Who knew vegan sausages would rule the minds of many? Many vegan products come with new labels, including the nutritional value, in order to crush the myth of them being less in nutritional content. While the food choices are continuing to be plant-based, the concept of 4Ps: Plant-based Protein, Prebiotics, and Probiotics are making space in people’s minds.
Plant-Based Protein: It is truly a vegan or vegetarian diet that can fulfill all the essential nutrient requirements of our body. Still many believe that getting enough protein, vitamins, and minerals can be a little harder for people who do not consume any animal product. If the right plant-based products are chosen, it can provide the required amount of protein and other nutrients. Some plant-rich products such as protein-rich vegetables, soybeans, lentils, chickpea, peanuts, almonds, chia seeds, potato, and quinoa can provide high protein content per serving. Eating a varied diet can provide all essential amino acids.
Prebiotics: When it comes to gut health, prebiotics are considered the best for maintaining a proper digestive system. Having a diet rich in naturally occurring prebiotic foods is the best way to support your gut. If you are looking to utilize the power of plants for a healthier gut, start adding some of the best plant-centered prebiotics such as garlic, onion, berries, whole grains, etc to your meal. Eating a plant-rich diet is sure to make you feel more energized and resilient.
Probiotics: For many, probiotic means yogurt, and some vegans might get upset about it, as they are on a no-animal products diet. Don’t worry, there are many plant-based probiotic alternatives to give you the equivalent health benefits. Probiotic bacteria are beneficial for health, and they can be found in various fermented plant-based foods. Coconut, soy, and almond milk-based yogurt are great substitutes that are available in the market these days to solve your vegan probiotics options. The most common of them are pickles, fermented soy products, kombucha, etc.
A vegan diet can help you consume fewer calories and improve many health conditions. While taking over the vegan diet, it is best to start under your doctor’s guidance.
By Deepali Verma, RoundGlass Thali