Research: Vegetable-Based Products are Healthier Than Animals, Here's the Explanation

A recent research study conducted by psychologists from the University of Bath in the UK revealed that alternative plant-based products are healthier and more environmentally friendly than animal-based ones. Plant-based foods formulated to replace “animal product flavors” have also been found to be more efficient at reducing demand for meat and dairy.

Researchers reviewed 43 studies on the impact of plant-based foods on human health and the environment, particularly foods formulated to “mimic” the taste of animal products and consumer attitudes toward these products.

“The results of the study show that plant-based products that are formulated primarily as animal product alternatives are not only much healthier and more sustainable than animal products, but also more attractive to those trying to reduce their meat and dairy intake,” said the Vegan 21 Day Challenge Manager at Act For Farmed. Animals (AFFA), Among Prakosa in a press release, Friday, September 30, 2022.

The 21 Day Vegan Challenge is a joint campaign run by Animal Friends Jogja and Sinergia Animal to promote healthier and more sustainable food choices. In addition, to improve animal welfare in Indonesia.

“Green” Meat vs. Red Meat

When comparing the environmental impact of plant-based burgers and beef burgers, the study revealed that the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated by land and water use from processing plant-based burgers are close to zero. This is inversely proportional to the impact produced by animal products.

The study revealed that plant-based burgers contain 98 percent less GHG emissions compared to beef burgers. "This finding is important because according to experts, we need to stay away from animal products for the sake of the future of the earth and public health," Among added.

He added that the livestock industry is one of the industries that has the worst impact on the environment and accounts for 57 percent of all GHG emissions from global food production. According to the UK Nutrition Profile Classification used as one of the analyzes in the study, 40 per cent of meat products were classified as 'less healthy' compared to 14 per cent of plant-based alternatives.

“Again, these conclusions only corroborate what many other studies have found about the impact of animal products on our health. Consumption of red meat and dairy is associated with the development of many serious diseases such as various types of cancer and type 2 diabetes, while other studies have also shown that consuming plant-based foods can provide many benefits for our health,” said Among.

Greener Dishes and Shelves

In addition to choosing a variety of foods to have an impact on the environment and human health, the researchers also analyzed consumer attitudes about plant-based alternatives. This research shows that nearly 90 percent of consumers of plant-based alternatives, such as plant-based burgers, plant-based sausages, and plant-based ground beef, also still consume animal meat.

Although this choice is not as healthy as eating plant-based foods as a whole, consuming plant-based products that are still interspersed with consumption of animal products is not only much healthier than eating animal products alone.

"As the study shows, it also facilitates the 'taste' transition for many people who are trying to fully adopt a healthier diet that does not involve animal suffering," explains Among.

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