Is plant-based food healthy?

Is plant-based food healthy?

Many people are converting to plant-based food for moral, environmental, or health reasons. But is plant-based food healthy? Let's explore the pros and cons. 

Meat replacements called "plant-based food" aim to mimic the texture and flavour of real meat but are completely made from plants. Alternative proteins like those found in peas, hemp, soy, or wheat are frequently used to create various types of plant-based food.

What could be in the items used to make plant-based food?

Plant-based food is produced by manufacturers using a range of ingredients. While some ingredients can be consumed by vegans, some might contain dairy or eggs. A list of foods high in protein and which could also be considered as ingredients which form plant-based food may include:

  • vital wheat gluten or mock meat
  • soy and tofu
  • pea protein
  • potato starch
  • coconut oil
  • beans and lentils
  • nuts and seeds
  • vegetables

Nutrition Value in Plant-based Food

These protein-rich foods for vegetarians also contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, all of which have positive health effects. Additionally, studies show that plant-based diets can help with diabetes, weight loss, and the microbiome. Additionally, it indicates that they might aid in preventing conditions like high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. 

Pros and Cons of Plant-based Food

Plant-based food has numerous advantages but they also have a few disadvantages as well. First off, plant-based food is a fantastic substitute for animal meat that can be used in a variety of cuisines, especially for people who consciously wish to limit or prevent their consumption of animal meat without sacrificing the taste or texture of the food. Studies also indicate that it is heavily processed, which may not be good for human health.

Let's examine the pros and cons of plant-based food in more detail.

Pros:

  1. Consuming less red meat, and eating more plant-based food, may improve your overall health. Products provided by TATA Simply Better have a taste that is remarkably close to that of actual meat, which encourages consumers to consume less red meat, improving overall health. Reduced red meat consumption lowers the risk of cardiovascular illnesses. In addition, they preserve the flavour and texture of the product while reducing the risk of some cancers.
  2. Plant-based food may include more fibre. Contrary to actual meat, plant-based food that contains fibre, increases the amount of fibre a person’s body consumes. Consuming the necessary quantity of fibre can be linked to improvements in cardiovascular health, digestive health as well as weight management.
  3. With plant-based food, environmental sustainability is taken into account. Compared to real meat, plant-based food has the advantage of being more environmentally friendly. This has to do with the materials needed to produce actual flesh. For instance, plant-based food needs less water and land to prepare and emits fewer greenhouse gases. 

Cons:

  1. Meat from plants is frequently very processed. Generally, plant-based meat is more processed than meat from animals. Highly processed foods can be a bait for adverse health effects, such as the increased risk of metabolic diseases and rapid weight gain. It's vital to incorporate plant-based food in your diet, but it shouldn't make up the majority of it.
  2. Sodium levels are high in most meat for vegetarians. When compared to plant-based food, protein-rich food items like beans, legumes, nuts, etc. are lower in sodium. A diet high in salt can have detrimental effects on your health, including an increase in your risk of developing high blood pressure, which can be harmful to your heart health.

 Should you consume Plant-based Food?

The decision to consume plant-based food is a personal one that is influenced by a variety of factors such as individual dietary preferences, beliefs, and nutritional needs. Some people prefer plant-based food to reduce their consumption of animal products, while others prefer it for health, ethical, or environmental reasons. 

If you want to reduce your consumption of red meat, alternatives for meat are a perfect choice. They enable people to switch to a plant-based diet without giving up the satisfying qualities of eating meat because they are so near to offering the nutrients and sensory qualities of a burger or sausage.

With Tata Simply Better, Tata Consumer Products has entered into a new category, aimed at consumers who want to include more plant-based ingredients in their diet without compromising on taste. Tata Simply Better comes with a variety of products that are 100% plant-based, and it tastes just like chicken. Plant-based ingredients are a source of rich nutrients and are at par with the alternatives.

Tata Simply Better has four delicious plant-based food variants and these include - Nuggets, Burger Patty, Awadhi Seekh Kebab, and Spicy Fingers. The product range is rich in protein, trans-fat free, and has no added preservatives, artificial colours, or artificial flavours. While regular meat/alternative meat products need to be refrigerated, Tata Simply Better can be refrigerated and stored at room temperature, making this a convenient and travel-friendly product.

Discover the nutritional goodness and fabulous chicken-like taste of Tata Simply Better’s plant-based products. It's all real, and it comes from plants. 

It isn't just good - it's Tata Simply Better. 

If you would like to know more about our brand, check out some of the articles we've been featured in:

The Times of India  Tata Consumer Products bets big on recently launched plant-based meat range

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Afaqs - Tata Consumer Products enters plant based meat segment; launches Tata Simply Better

Media Brief - Tata Consumer Products enters alternate meat segment with the launch of Tata Simply Better

MediaNews4U - Tata Consumer Products enters alternate meat segment with the launch of Tata Simply Better

IndianRetailer.com - Tata Consumer Products Enters Alternate Meat Segment, Launches Plant-based Range 'Tata Simply Better'

The Economic Times  Big FMCG Companies Enter Plant-Based Meat Segment

Business Standard - Big FMCG companies enter plant-based meat segment, target non-veg consumers

Moneycontrol - Big FMCG companies enter plant-based meat segment

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