Fact: Plant-based diets that are high in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes, and contain significantly less meat and dairy products, are good for you.
According to a study published in 2019 by the Journal of American Heart Association, such diets have been shown to help better control body weight, lower the risk of mortality from heart disease, and reduce the risk of most chronic diseases get sick.
They are the sole source of phytochemicals and fiber, two categories of nutrients known to be beneficial for health and fight disease. As people become increasingly health conscious and make their contribution to environmental sustainability, it is not surprising that they are making changes to their diet as a good place to start.
Eating healthier for you and the earth
According to a survey by global opinion and data company YouGov, 39 percent of Singaporeans currently have a flexible diet, promoting mostly plant-based foods while allowing meat and other animal products in moderation.
Among respondents, some are considering such diets for health reasons, while others have done so because of concerns about meat or fish production.
Another reason for the diet to evolve is concern about how processed meat can be unhealthy.
Some flexitarians, vegetarians, and vegans have also made these choices to do their part in saving the planet. Plant-based diets are often viewed as more sustainable as the production of plant-based foods makes more efficient use of agricultural land, saves water and reduces the impact on climate change.
Add alternative food sources to your menu
Are you considering a flexible, vegan or vegetarian diet? Note that certain types of diets required for a healthy body can be derived from certain types of foods.
Soy milk is a great alternative source of food. One such option is Nutrisoy Fresh Soya Milk, made from all natural, high quality, non-genetically modified soybeans.
It is available in seven varieties and is free from fat and cholesterol. A reduced sugar option minimizes your intake of empty calories or excess sugar, while the omega variant is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to be good for the heart and mind.
The drink, certified by the Singapore Heart Foundation as a heart-healthy drink with the Healthier Choice symbol of the Health Promotion Board, contains high levels of calcium for the development of strong bones and teeth. Calcium is also necessary to maintain nerve and muscle function.
Whichever variant you choose, Nutrisoy Fresh Soya Milk is rich in protein and vitamin D and low in saturated fatty acids. PHOTO: NUTRISOY
Increase your daily protein intake
Vegan and vegetarian diets may contain more fiber, magnesium, folic acid, vitamins C and E, iron, and phytochemicals, but lack the proteins and amino acids that meat provides.
Nutrisoy Fresh Soya Milk is an easy and convenient way to supplement this as it contains nine essential amino acids that can only be obtained through food. It’s also high in vitamin D3, which helps with calcium absorption and supports immunity. The vitamin D3 used comes from plant sources and is therefore suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
Are you trying to manage your weight? Nutrisoy Fresh Soya Milk is a low GI drink that helps keep you feeling full longer so you can better resist the urge to have a snack between meals. PHOTO: NUTRISOY
If you just want to be more health conscious, this is a great addition to your healthy food and drink repertoire. The low GI drink contains twice as much protein compared to other soy milk drinks, making it easier for you to feel full for longer and may be easier to resist the temptation to have a snack between meals.
Those who fast intermittently can consider Nutrisoy Fresh Soya Milk with real oats and quinoa. Oats contain vitamin B, which provides longer lasting energy, while quinoa is rich in protein and essential amino acids.
The drink is also suitable for lactose intolerant consumers as a protein-rich, calcium-rich substitute for dairy products. It can be enjoyed on its own or used in a variety of sweet and savory dishes.
All variants of Nutrisoy Fresh Soya Milk starting at USD 2.35 for a 1 liter pack are available in all major supermarkets and hypermarkets as well as in selected convenience stores across Singapore. They are also available in packs of 475 ml.
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