We’ve all heard the sobering statistics. The global population is exploding, putting a strain on our planet’s resources. By 2050, the United Nations predicts the number of Earth’s inhabitants will increase an astounding 33% to nearly 10 billion people.
Climate change and nonsustainable agricultural practices are already making it difficult to feed everyone in the world. Can you imagine how these problems will compound as the population grows?
Why Plant-Based Diets Are So Important
By choosing plant-based foods instead of animal-based foods, each individual can help feed the hungry and save the planet. How? Because raising animals for meat and dairy requires a huge expenditure of land, feed crops and energy. And, the methane gas produced by livestock is a big contributor to climate change.
In fact, according to a study published in Climatic Change, the average meat eater in the United States is responsible for almost twice as much global warming as the average vegetarian, and nearly three times more than the average vegan.
Fortunately, there’s a solution that’s not only good for the planet—it’s good for you and your customers, too!
Join the VegiDay™ Movement
Natural Factors’s new VegiDay plant-based product line focuses on organic, sustainable, plant-based foods. It offers a simple and delicious way to make the right choice to nourish the planet—and yourself.
VegiDay offers Raw Organic Plant-Based Protein, which will help you replace animal protein with plant protein and supply energy from the ground up. Also available from VegiDay are a variety of delicious vegan, Organic Bars and Organic Coconut Crunch snacks.
Small Change, Big Impact!
You don’t even need to give up meat entirely to have a positive impact on our planet. Simply celebrating an occasional meatless “VegiDay” or swapping out one meat-based meal with a plant-based meal can make a big difference.
A study from Oxford University found that cutting your meat consumption in half can slash your carbon footprint by more than 35%. Other research shows that eating a plant-based meal once a day saves enough resources to give five more people a serving of plant protein.
The Healthy Choice
VegiDay plant-based foods also benefit you on a personal level. Study after study shows that diets high in animal products can contribute to many health conditions and can deplete your mineral stores.
Meanwhile, recent research published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that plant-based diets are healthier and may increase longevity. That’s because many plants are good sources of key nutrients like antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals and omega-3 essential fatty acids.
But, What about Protein?
A big reason why people eat animal-based diets is to boost their protein levels. Of course, protein is vital for good health. But, our bodies don’t require animal-derived protein. Instead, they need the amino acids that actually make up protein. And the proteins found in the plants used in VegiDay Raw Organic Plant-Based Protein are an easy way for your body to obtain those amino acids.
The VegiDay Solution
VegiDay Raw Organic Plant-Based Protein combines seven raw, non-GMO plant proteins: pea, pumpkin, sacha inchi, quinoa, chia, spirulina and chlorella. Together, these proteins give you the full spectrum of amino acids, including the important branched-chain amino acids.
VegiDay Raw Organic Plant-Based Protein is easy to digest, gluten free, soy free and dairy free. These nutritious protein powders are certified 100% organic and come in four delicious options: French Vanilla, Decadent Chocolate, Berrylicious and Unflavored. Just mix one scoop into water, juice, a smoothie or any non-dairy beverage, and you’ll get 20 grams of vegan protein.
VegiDay Organic Coconut Crunch is a slightly savory and not-too-sweet snack. Fresh slices of organic young coconut, toasted to the perfect crunch and sweetened with organic coconut or cane sugar, give you a nutritious, delicious snack.
This certified organic and kosher, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free snack contains no GMO ingredients, preservatives, or artificial colors or flavors. Try one of the four flavors—Coconut Chips with Almonds, Cashews & Cranberries; Coconut Chips with Wild Rice, Cranberries & Mixed Seeds; Coconut Chips with Pumpkin, Sunflower & Chia Seeds; or Toasted Coconut Chips—on yogurt, cereal, desserts or just by the delicious handful.
VegiDay Fruit & Nut and Snack Bars are not only vegan and 100% certified organic, but their raw, whole-food ingredients will help keep you energized throughout the day. Like all VegiDay products, they don’t contain gluten, soy, dairy or artificial sweeteners or flavors. And they’re even produced in a facility that uses sustainable solar energy!
Learn more about the VegiDay movement and supporting a sustainable future by choosing to eat more plant-based foods at myvegiday.com.
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Scarborough, P., Appleby, P. N., Mizdrak, A., Briggs, A. D., Travis, R. C., Bradbury, K. E., & Key, T. J. (2014). Dietary greenhouse gas emissions of meat-eaters, fish-eaters, vegetarians and vegans in the UK. Climatic Change, 125(2), 179-192.
Michael T. Murray, N.D.
Dr. Murray is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading authorities in the field of natural medicine. He is the author or co-author of more than 30 books with cumulative sales of over 6 million copies, including the newly revised 3rd Edition of The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. Dr. Murray is the Director of Product Science and Innovation for Natural Factors.
Published in WholeFoods Magazine October 2016