The WFPB diet, or Whole Food, Plant-Based nutrition, is a global movement that aims to make both humans and the planet healthier. There’s no denying that our current methods of agriculture are doing more bad than good, from the heavy chemicals that we use to the topsoil erosion crisis that’s set to lead to big big problems down the line.
When it comes to a plant-based diet, there are more than a fair share of sceptics, myths, and misconceptions, and it’s not hard to see why. But more and more evidence shows that humans can not only survive off of eating only plants, but that they are what we are meant to eat. Here we will look at the advantages of switching to a WFPB diet.
It’s Economically Friendly
The meat and dairy industry is beginning to topple over, mostly due to the high costs of production coupled with the fact that more and more consumers are turning away from animal-derived products. What we’re seeing then, is the costs of meat and dairy starting to increase year-on-year, and it’s something that most consumers will not be able to keep up with as the world’s economy continues to be stuck in a steady decline. Plants, on the other hand, tend to be extremely cheap – depending on the season – but they also tend to outlast animal products in terms of storage. Where a steak needs to be eaten fairly quickly, a cabbage can last for weeks out in the open.
While this remains somewhat of a contentious issue for many, mounting evidence suggests that eating foods derived from animals is actually fairly harmful to the human body. The EU’s latest research shows that cutting back on meat as much as passible is a priority most people should try and incorporate into their daily lives. Even “healthy” animal products, such as low-fat cream cheese, poultry and fish being shown to not be quite as healthy as once believed, especially considering our modern methods of production to attain these foods. Regardless, there are millions of pure vegans around the world that can attest to the fact that the human body is very capable of working just fine without any meat or dairy, as long as it’s fed whole foods, and Vitamin B12 is supplemented daily – something that all people should be doing.
It Helps The Planet
There’s no greater argument to be made for a plant-based diet than its benefits for the environment. We are facing serious environmental consequences if we don’t start taking charge of the way that we consume, and feeding countless billions of cows, pigs, sheep, and chickens every year is taking a massive toll on the planet. It’s more important than ever that we take care of the planet that we live on, and perhaps the very best way to go about that is by changing what and how we consume our foods.