Putting the Plant Back in Plant-Based
Hello Loyal Soup People!
I want to start by saying that I’m so excited about the explosion in vegan food options… everywhere! From Burger King to White Kastle to the refrigerator at Giant Food, vegan options abound. And as we face the news that the Amazon (known as “the lungs of the earth”), is burning, the need for a quick reduction in our meat consumption becomes more and more urgent. So – for the planet, I’m happy to see so many meatless options popping up everywhere.
But… I want to remind you that the word “vegan” comes from “vegetable.” The first word in “plant-based” is “plant!” So many of these new vegan options are highly processed foods. A vegan pizza is still pizza. A plant-based doughnut is still a doughnut! While these vegan options can sometimes be healthier than their non-vegan counterparts, I wouldn’t exactly call them health foods.
If you are trying to integrate more plant-based foods into your diet, look for plants! Check the ingredients on whatever you are buying – can you pronounce all of them? Are there any actual plants on the list? If not, that’s okay! Just know that you’re helping the planet immensely with your food choice. Just maybe not your body… as much!
*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!