“Meatless Monday” is a campaign initiated in 2003 and is still going strong. It is aimed at improving people’s health by reducing meat in their diet. So why not Meatless Monday or “Thursday”? Well, that is because as humans we are most likely to make behavioural changes at the beginning of the week. Remember thinking “I’ll start eating better on Monday”, well today is the day.
Plant based proteins are proteins that come from plant sources; these include beans, legumes, nuts, seeds and even peas. These can all be incorporated in any one of your three main meals throughout the day or as a snack in-between.
Some of the benefits of eating plant-based proteins on Meatless Monday include:
- Better weight management: Research shows that individuals who eat plant-based proteins have a lower body mass index, lower risk of obesity and risk of developing lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease
- Increased fiber intake: Fiber can improve your gut health and help with organ function, and ample is found in plant-based proteins.
- A 2019 study from the Journal of the American Heart Association found that middle-aged adults who consumed a diet high in plant-based proteins had a lower risk of heart disease. Along with this, it also reduces the risk of stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and certain cancers.
- Diabetes can be managed and prevented with a plant-based diet as it has been proven to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce insulin resistance.
Why not take advantage of these benefits at least once per week? Instead of meat today, why not have plant-based proteins.
For a an individualized plan or expert nutritional advice on how to incorporated more plants in your diet, visit you nearest Dietician.