- Plant based foods – vegetables, cereals, legumes, seeds and nuts – should be THE BASIS of every meal
- Fruits are a good snack or dessert
Why should plants be the basis?
- Protein should come mostly from plant based sources – legumes, cereals, seeds and nuts
- Healthy fat mainly from cold pressed oils – made from nuts and seeds
- The best carbohydrates come from whole grains (cereals), vegetables and fruits
Conclusion: plant based food covers most of our needs!
And – surprise surprise – there is one more point. Apart the components such as protein, fat, carbs, vitamins and minerals, plants deliver also fibre. I will not bore you here with why vitamins and minerals are important, but why fibre? Fibre is an indigestible part of food contained only in plants which makes us feel nourished. It also feeds the 1,5 kg of our gut bacterias. Moreover, it absorbes toxins and cholesterol to transport them out of the body. Overall, fibre shortens the transit time of the digested food.
Eat plant based foods! Eat them fresh, cook them, bake them, fry them, roast them, boil them, vapour them, grill them – whatever preparation you prefer to make it tasty! The lower the temperature and the shorter the preparation time, the better for keeping the vitamins.
What we should be careful about
- Be careful about solanaceous vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and pepper). These plants produce toxic substances for their own protection (e.g. solanine, which often contributes to painful joints)
- Beware of the pesticides sprayed on non-bio vegetables and fruits – buy bio quality if you can or, if you you cannot, wash everything carefully