topimg

As Vegan Food Options Increase, Consumers Must Educate Themselves To Make Healthy Choices

The Recent Boom In Heavily Processed Vegan Foods Is Not Healthy

Vegan food has become mainstream. Plant based food sales have grown twice as much versus actual meat since the pandemic began. The market for vegan foods will be worth €24 Billion in the next 5 years, and elite athletes are adopting the lifestyle for performance reasons.> However, the differences between a plant based and vegan diet are not something which is widely discussed, and in fact, the terms are often used interchangeably. Consumers often fall into the trap of first hearing about the astounding health benefits of a plant based diet from athletes, celebrity weight loss stories and more, but end up adopting a vegan diet comprised of highly processed meat substitutes and very few whole fruits & vegetables.

To clarify: A plant-based diet is centered on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes animal products, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil; veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose. You can read our full post on plant based versus vegan here.

Transitional Products

It is important to remember that in the long term, ideologically speaking, the switch from animal-based burgers, sausages, steaks, etc to alternative or meat substitutes is a transitionary phase. The easiest option for an individual looking to reduce meat consumption is to sub in a product that has an almost identical taste, texture, price point, and cooking method. In time, that consumer may educate themselves about nutrition, and transition from a full or partial vegan diet containing processed foods to a whole food, plant based diet. Change happens when it is simplified & humans seek out the path of least resistance.

Therefore, education is a piece that is most needed at this time & going forward to properly educate consumers who are new to this lifestyle and are simply not aware of the differences and nutritional fluctuations of the growing number of options. Ongoing self-education through books, documentaries, podcasts, and more is the best tool to arm yourself with the knowledge to make the right decisions & improve your health in the long term. The goal should always be to eat fresh, whole foods as close to their natural state as possible, which minimizes processing and nutrient loss.

cot-img

The Global Vegan Food Market Will Reach $24.06 Billion By 2025, With Seitan Projected To Have The Highest Growth Rate

Documentary Eating Our Way to Extinction Promotes Plant Based Eating For The Environment

“Eating Our Way to Extinction” is a timely documentary with an urgent message and backed by a host of Hollywood names. Narrated by Kate Winslet and supported by Leonardo Di Caprio, this documentary is much more than a fleeting video messa...

Dr. Oetker Launches First Ristorante Vegan Pizza

One of the nation’s top frozen pizza brands, Dr. Oetker’s Ristorante, carried out its own research, surveying 600 Irish people and found that over 50% of respondents, aged 18-55, would describe their diets as Flexitarian, while 88% would consider...

A Guide to Milk Alternatives

A Guide to Milk Alternatives Introduction We now live in a world full of alternative food and drink options created to cater for all kinds of diets and lifestyles. These days it’s common to find a range of dairy alternatives in a dedicated aisle at...

A Guide to CBD Oil for Plant Based Eaters & Vegans in Ireland

This article will guide any person following a plant based or vegan diet through the CBD market place. We will look at the ingredients of CBD oils and other CBD products so that you can be sure no animal derivatives are present in the CBD option you ...

Harvest Day Expands To Offer Nationwide Deliveries of Fresh Organically & Naturally Grown 100% Irish Produce

Harvest Day is now offering weekly and fortnightly deliveries of freshly picked organic 100% Irish produce direct to customers’ doors

EU Amendment 171 May Censor Plant Based Dairy Phrases & Packaging

The EU is currently debating draft legislation that, if passed, would have a dramatic impact on the labeling, marketing, and sales of plant-based foods across the continent

Nibbed Cacao: High Quality, Hand-Made Plant Based Chocolate

A brand new Irish Cacao Start-up, Nibbed Cacao, is bringing ethical, high quality, delicious cacao products to Irish consumers with their range of Teas, Chocolate Bark, Nibbles and more available from their website & stores nationwide

One Quarter Of Meat Substitutes Have Insufficient Protein – Safefood

A SafeFood Ireland report on vegetarian meat substitutes found that 28% or just over one-quarter of the 354 meat substitute products tested did not contain either high amounts of protein or could be considered an alternative source of protein. As a r...

What Fruit & Vegetables Are In Season In Ireland? The EUFIC Have Launched An Online Guide

The European Food Information Council (EUFIC) launched Europe’s very first interactive fruit and vegetables seasonality map today. It provides accurate and reliable information that helps navigate in an easy way towards healthier and more sustainab...

French Plant Based Restaurant ONA Awarded Michelin Star

ONA Becomes The First Plant-Based Restaurant In France To Recieve The Prestigious Award   Plant-Based Restaurant ONA, which stands for Origine Non-Animale (or Animal-Free Origin), was awarded a Michelin Star on the 18th of January, making it the...

topimg

Mike Tyson Credits Plant Based Diet For Boxing Comeback

Tyson Has Followed A Plant Based Diet For 10 Years

Former Boxing World Heavyweight Champion "Iron" Mike Tyson announced his comeback to the sport last week and credits his impressive physique and stamina to following a plant based diet for the last decade. He has made headlines with his ripped physique as he trains with UFC fighters Henry Cejudo and Vitor Belfort in the US.

Tyson, 53, follows the example of another former Heavyweight Champion David Haye, who publicly credited his transition to a plant based lifestyle as a key part of his later career. Haye was featured in the plant based athletes documentary "The Game Changers" with fellow boxer Bryant Jennings, who has been plant based for 5 years.

Losing Over 100 Pounds With Plants

Tyson first spoke of his transition to a plant based diet in 2010 with Oprah Winfrey, stating in an interview that he had turned his life around. “Well, my life is different today because I have stability in my life. I’m not on drugs. “I’m not out on the streets or in clubs and everything in my life that I do now is structured around the development of my life and my family. I lost weight. “I dropped over 100lbs and I just felt like changing my life, doing something different and I became a vegan.”

cot-img

I dropped over 100lbs and I just felt like changing my life, doing something different and I became a vegan

Posted by Mike Tyson

Ashton Kutcher Invests in Lab-Grown Meat Company

In celebrity news, Ashton Kutcher has invested in cultured meat company MeaTech 3D. MeaTech is an Israeli company, which aims to provide a more sustainable ‘meat’ solution, by developing an industrial cultured meat production process, usi...

Dr. Oetker Launches First Ristorante Vegan Pizza

One of the nation’s top frozen pizza brands, Dr. Oetker’s Ristorante, carried out its own research, surveying 600 Irish people and found that over 50% of respondents, aged 18-55, would describe their diets as Flexitarian, while 88% would consider...

A Guide to Milk Alternatives

A Guide to Milk Alternatives Introduction We now live in a world full of alternative food and drink options created to cater for all kinds of diets and lifestyles. These days it’s common to find a range of dairy alternatives in a dedicated aisle at...

A Guide to CBD Oil for Plant Based Eaters & Vegans in Ireland

This article will guide any person following a plant based or vegan diet through the CBD market place. We will look at the ingredients of CBD oils and other CBD products so that you can be sure no animal derivatives are present in the CBD option you ...

Harvest Day Expands To Offer Nationwide Deliveries of Fresh Organically & Naturally Grown 100% Irish Produce

Harvest Day is now offering weekly and fortnightly deliveries of freshly picked organic 100% Irish produce direct to customers’ doors

EU Amendment 171 May Censor Plant Based Dairy Phrases & Packaging

The EU is currently debating draft legislation that, if passed, would have a dramatic impact on the labeling, marketing, and sales of plant-based foods across the continent

Nibbed Cacao: High Quality, Hand-Made Plant Based Chocolate

A brand new Irish Cacao Start-up, Nibbed Cacao, is bringing ethical, high quality, delicious cacao products to Irish consumers with their range of Teas, Chocolate Bark, Nibbles and more available from their website & stores nationwide

One Quarter Of Meat Substitutes Have Insufficient Protein – Safefood

A SafeFood Ireland report on vegetarian meat substitutes found that 28% or just over one-quarter of the 354 meat substitute products tested did not contain either high amounts of protein or could be considered an alternative source of protein. As a r...

IKEA Adds Further Plant Based Products To Menu

The Swedish Furniture Giant Has Added More Plant-Based Options To Further Expand Its Vegan Menu Offerings For Veganuary And Beyond IKEA is widening its plant-based and vegan options for customers who visit their in-store cafeterias, a spokesperson fo...

Meat Alternatives Market to Surpass $21 Billion in 5 Years

The prediction was made by Zion Market Research, which defines meat alternatives as "anything that mimics traditional meat but is made entirely using plant ingredients".

topimg

Premier League Footballers Ditch Meat For Performance

Sergio Aguero, Fabian Delph, Hector Bellerin, And Now Caleb Richards All Adopt Plant Based Diet To Increase Performance On The Pitch

A growing number of professional footballers are eliminating meat from their diets and feeling the athletic benefits as a result. The popularity of a plant based lifestyle amongst professional athletes is in part due to the blockbusting success of the "Game Changers" documentary.

Caleb Richards, who plays in the English Premier League for Norwich City, recently released "Transition," a guide for athletes to switch over to a plant based diet. "The book is about an athlete’s transition to a meat-free diet. It doesn’t have to be vegan, it can be vegetarian, but just no meat is involved, because that’s what I’m doing."

Does Lionel Messi speak English? | Goal.com

Plant Based Athletes Abroad & In Other Sports

Beyond England, several high profile professional footballers including Lionel Messi, Chris Smalling, Jack Wilshire, and Barcelona's Sebastian Perez have all been vocal of their plant based lifestyle and its benefits. England International Jack Wilshire said of his gluten-free plant based diet, "I feel that I look better, I have certainly lost a bit of weight, and am leaner. I am probably fitter as well. I feel sharper and quicker on the pitch. I feel like I can last longer."

Beyond football, Tennis stars Serena and Venus Williams, Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton, UFC fighter Nate Diaz and former San Franciso 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick have all adopted plant based diets in recent years. These athletes challenge the status quo on elite athletic performance eating only plants.

cot-img

I had to change a lot of things, starting with my food. No more pasta, no more sugar and no meat, which I used to eat quite a bit because Argentinian meat is very good

Posted by Sergio Aguero

Ashton Kutcher Invests in Lab-Grown Meat Company

In celebrity news, Ashton Kutcher has invested in cultured meat company MeaTech 3D. MeaTech is an Israeli company, which aims to provide a more sustainable ‘meat’ solution, by developing an industrial cultured meat production process, usi...

Documentary Eating Our Way to Extinction Promotes Plant Based Eating For The Environment

“Eating Our Way to Extinction” is a timely documentary with an urgent message and backed by a host of Hollywood names. Narrated by Kate Winslet and supported by Leonardo Di Caprio, this documentary is much more than a fleeting video messa...

Dr. Oetker Launches First Ristorante Vegan Pizza

One of the nation’s top frozen pizza brands, Dr. Oetker’s Ristorante, carried out its own research, surveying 600 Irish people and found that over 50% of respondents, aged 18-55, would describe their diets as Flexitarian, while 88% would consider...

A Guide to Milk Alternatives

A Guide to Milk Alternatives Introduction We now live in a world full of alternative food and drink options created to cater for all kinds of diets and lifestyles. These days it’s common to find a range of dairy alternatives in a dedicated aisle at...

A Guide to CBD Oil for Plant Based Eaters & Vegans in Ireland

This article will guide any person following a plant based or vegan diet through the CBD market place. We will look at the ingredients of CBD oils and other CBD products so that you can be sure no animal derivatives are present in the CBD option you ...

Harvest Day Expands To Offer Nationwide Deliveries of Fresh Organically & Naturally Grown 100% Irish Produce

Harvest Day is now offering weekly and fortnightly deliveries of freshly picked organic 100% Irish produce direct to customers’ doors

EU Amendment 171 May Censor Plant Based Dairy Phrases & Packaging

The EU is currently debating draft legislation that, if passed, would have a dramatic impact on the labeling, marketing, and sales of plant-based foods across the continent

Nibbed Cacao: High Quality, Hand-Made Plant Based Chocolate

A brand new Irish Cacao Start-up, Nibbed Cacao, is bringing ethical, high quality, delicious cacao products to Irish consumers with their range of Teas, Chocolate Bark, Nibbles and more available from their website & stores nationwide

One Quarter Of Meat Substitutes Have Insufficient Protein – Safefood

A SafeFood Ireland report on vegetarian meat substitutes found that 28% or just over one-quarter of the 354 meat substitute products tested did not contain either high amounts of protein or could be considered an alternative source of protein. As a r...

What Fruit & Vegetables Are In Season In Ireland? The EUFIC Have Launched An Online Guide

The European Food Information Council (EUFIC) launched Europe’s very first interactive fruit and vegetables seasonality map today. It provides accurate and reliable information that helps navigate in an easy way towards healthier and more sustainab...