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Advantages and disadvantages of plant-based foods

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The food craze for summer 2019 appears to be anything that’s plant-based, instead of meat-based.

So what goes into plant-based food?

“Things like beans, peas, lentils, nuts, seeds and tofu,” explains Porcupine Health Unit registered dietitian Kaitlin Comeau.

She’s glad that people are getting on the plant-based food bandwagon, because it’s very healthy.

Comeau says the fast-food burger is actually made of pea protein.

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“They are lower in saturated fat and lower in cholesterol so in that case, they are a healthier choice because those two things do have an impact on our heart health.”

Comeau notes that one reason the plant-based foods are gaining popularity, is that they’re in the new Canada Food Guide.

“I think it’s great that restaurants are meeting that demand for vegetarians or vegans who want to enjoy their fast food burger,” she comments.  “But it’s really important to know that it is still processed food.  So making sure that even though it is plant-based, it still is high in calories and other things like sodium as well.”

Comeau also recommends eating food that’s high in Vitamin C with plant-based foods. They’re high in iron, and the Vitamin C helps absorb it.

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