Anyone who aims at reducing their ecological footprint and eats fewer or no animal products is indeed actively helping protect the climate. Vegetable products almost always have a better environmental balance sheet than animal products. For instance, compared to the same amount of beef, one kilogram of carrots generates over ten times fewer CO2 equivalents.
According to the 2022 Agricultural Report found at www.agrarbericht.ch, meat and milk consumption continued to rise until 2021. The data also revealed that by 2022, annual meat consumption (excluding fish and crustaceans) was about 50 kilograms per person.
Such a diet raises the risk of obesity as well as heart and circulatory disorders since it is high in fat and cholesterol. Excessive consumption of red meat also increases the risk of colon cancer.
Generally, Switzerland (as with the rest of Europe) can produce seasonal fruits and vegetables, nuts, grains, and legumes. Apart from requiring short, environmentally favourable transport routes, these products are typically more cost-effective and affordable than animal-based foods.
You can incorporate plant-based proteins in your everyday meals to replace animal-based ones. In particular, beans, legume by-products, and plant-based meat substitutes, such as tofu, contain sufficient protein building blocks.
Moreover, the healing potential of many herbs and spices is still underestimated in numerous places. Ginger, rosemary, peppermint and chili, and milk thistle are miracle cures that enable healthy digestion and intestinal health.
In addition to their variety and the “flavourful gastronomic flights” they offer, herbs and spices often contain bitter substances that can stimulate the gallbladder, pancreas, and liver. The digestive organs, therefore, produce more helpful enzymes which helps achieve optimal digestion. Essential oils can relieve flatulence and have an antispasmodic effect. Spices and herbs can also help you consume less salt – a relief for the heart and circulation.
You can absolutely start the new year healthy and fit with a plant-based diet!