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Plant-Based vs. Animal-Based
​Meats, Dairy, and Protein


Animal-Based
Farmed animals eat plants, which are digested
then restructured into flesh and milk.

Plant-Based
Plant ingredients are blended then restructured
into plant-based products which provide the same, similar, or sometimes better taste, texture, and culinary experiences that people enjoy wheneating animal-sourced foods.

Protein
An abundance of all proteins needed are found
among the plant-food groups of vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts, and seeds, although the greatest concentrations of proteins are found
​in legumes, nuts, and seeds.

Why

Why Plant Based Foods?

URL links to the website sources

Experts Support
​Plant-Sourced
​Nutrition

Where

Plant-based foods include vegetables, fruits,
legumes, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds. Numerous
plant-based meats and dairy foods are now abundantly
available. Did you know ​there are at least 20,000
​edible plants in the world? (Plants For A Future: pfaf.org-1)

People from all walks of life, various ethnicities, and various cultures are choosing a plant-based diet. Many world-class athletes and bodybuilders
have adapted a whole-food, plant-based diet andfind they excel in their sport, with quicker recovery times (greatveganathletes.com-2).

HEALTH: Every major health organization supports a whole-food, 100% plant-based diet as healthy, for every phase of life (eatright.org-3 and pcrm.org-4)
ENVIRONMENT: Animal agriculture contributes vast amounts of environmental destruction of land, air, and sea (fao.org-5), and is a leading cause of species extinction and ocean dead zones (sciencemag.org-6).
RESOURCES: Plant foods, vs. animal foods, use exponentially less water, land,
and other resources to grow, harvest, and distribute (cspinet.org-7).
COMPASSION: Caring about the ultimate welfare of animals
and all species. commodified for human use (farmsanctuary.org-8).
FOOD SECURITY: Feeding growing populations becomes challenging
as resources become over-extended. 1,000 calories of meat can use
over 7,000 calories of plant food fed to animals (awfw.org-9).

Everywhere! Many restaurants offer unique plant-based choices and options for regular menu items. Patrons enjoy choosing plant-based foods for culinary pleasure, variety, and health benefits. Options are now available at all kinds restaurants, fine-dining establishments, coffee shops, cafés, and food stands

​​​​​THE ACADEMY OF NUTRITION & DIETETICS, 2016
"Appropriately planned vegetarian, including vegan, diets are healthful, nutritionally adequate,
and may provide health benefits for the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. These diets
are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood,
​adolescence, older adulthood, and for athletes."

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27886704


HARVARD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
"A shift to a dietary pattern higher in healthful plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in animal-based foods, especially red and processed meats, can confer substantial health benefits in reducing risk of type 2 diabetes [and other chronic illnesses].”
hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/plant-based-diet-reduced-diabetes-risk-hu-satija

STANFORD UNIVERSITY
"Vegetarian diets have been associated with a reduction in cardiovascular disease mortality by as much
as 29 percent and cancer incidence by 18 percent. The health benefits of specific components of plants
have been documented, as have the harms associated with constituents largely unique to meat.”
med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2016/07/5-questions-randall-stafford-advocates-a-plant-based-diet.html

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
"The amount of protein from plant-sources, such as legumes, seeds, and grains, is closely on par with
animal-sourced proteins, plus [plant-foods are] full of other healthful nutrients including fiber, sterols,
stanols, vitamins and minerals."
https://www.sustain.ucla.edu/our-initiatives/food-systems/the-case-for-plant-based

NATIONAL CENTER FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY INFORMATION
“When vegan diets are directly compared to vegetarian and omnivorous diets, a pattern of protective health benefits emerges. Reduced levels of inflammation may be the key feature linking the vegan guy microbiota
with protective health effects.”
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4245565

DR. KIM WILLIAMS, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CARDIOLOGY
"There are two kinds of cardiologists: vegans and those who haven’t read the data."
46-minute mark: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4TMsRKOe8Q

​“Plant-based diets are appropriate for all stages
of the life cycle, including 
pregnancy, lactation,
infancy, childhood, adolescence, older adults, ​and for athletes.”

—  The Academy of Nutrition
​      & Dietetics, U.S.A., 2016


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