Researchers determined that a major barrier to people adopting a plant-based diet was lack of information about such diets. Plant-based diets involve an increase in the consumption of fresh or minimally processed fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds and a decrease in foods derived from animals, including meat, eggs, and dairy.
Other barriers to embracing a plant-based diet include a perceived lack of taste and that a plant-based diet would be too expensive. While fresh fruits and vegetables in season are usually fairly easy to obtain without straining the family budget, out of season fruits and vegetables can be pricey. Grains and legumes, however, are relatively inexpensive and can feed a family far more cheaply than meat-based foods would. There are also other barriers, including the unwillingness or inability to change dietary habits for self and family.
However, perceived benefits include a healthier diet that would help people either lose weight or stay at their current weight. Additional health benefits include reduced risks for heart attack, stroke, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases.
Educating ourselves about the health benefits of a plant-based diet will have many of us running to our local supermarket to purchase plant-based ingredients to make tonight’s dinner. In fact, many of us may have a wide variety of plant-based foods in our cupboards already. Check yours out and see if you can make a healthy meal without using animal products because when you think about it…why wouldn’t you choose a plant-based diet?