Three times healthier: healthy food, healthy life, healthy planet

Three times healthier: healthy food, healthy life, healthy planet

Decades ago – better not mention how long because of the elderly who remember – during sporting events before the beginning of a match, it was common for competitors to greet the audience and opponents with a sports greeting: hello, hello, hello (in good health). This beautiful (and healthy) custom has unfortunately been lost, but there may come a time when it could return. And in an apparently paradoxical way, from an aspect of sporting life, – because of food.

Unfortunately, the scourge known as the coronavirus has preoccupied the entire planet, so many interesting and useful initiatives, and also investments, have been pushed into the background, if they have not already been left to wait for better times. Fortunately, the one in question has not completely fallen into oblivion, although it cannot be denied that it has somewhat lost the attention and penetration it had.

It is about “our daily meat” in a manner of speech. More precisely, about – vegan meat. This has already been discussed at this point (see the text “Vegan meat: tasty and healthy”), but the topic is nowhere near exhausted. The aforementioned article provides mostly general information regarding the benefits that vegan meat brings, from the perspective of the health of our planet, and from the aspect of the health of each of its (human) inhabitants. This time around, more concrete facts about the quality and the so-called nutritional characteristics of vegan meat will be presented.

First of all, by using products based on plant proteins, vegetable fats and vegetable carbohydrates, the consumer avoids the intake of cholesterol, hormones, antibiotics and GMO elements that are normally used in animal farming in order to provide more meat as fast as possible.

Then – something we rarely think about – with plant-based protein products, the consumer avoids the stressful spasm absorbed by the meat which the animal experiences when it is subjected to violence, which significantly affects the human  immune system.

Third, plant-based proteins contain all of the essential amino acids that the human body is unable to synthesize, and which were thought to be found only in animals, until now.

Furthermore, very useful unsaturated and semi-saturated fats (rapeseed, coconut oil, olive oil) are present in vegetable oils; lauric acid is also present, which can also only be found in breast milk. Also, there are no harmful trans fats in plants, and one oil even contains an element identical to hemoglobin from human blood.

Finally, carbohydrates in plants used for the production of vegan meat are natural and are not extracted from them by harmful technological processing, but are directly included in the ingredients of the meat.

Overall, by introducing different plant species into the ingredients of this meat, all of the necessary minerals and vitamins are consumed in an adequate amount as they are in animal meat.

The slogan of the Flexitarian Foundation is “a healthy bite for a healthy planet”. We will, in this occasion, in accordance with the title, expand and strengthen it a little. Let it be: healthy food, healthy life, healthy planet.

Mijat Lakićević

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