“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
― Thomas A. Edison
Ever since human civilization has started, we have been experimenting with our day to day food eating habits according to geographical conditions and the availability of food sources prevailing in the areas where humans have been living. Hence different regions developed different food eating habits and also discovered different health benefits associated with those food items.
Since time immemorial, there have been two types of food eating habits across the world, one is non-vegetarian food and the other is vegetarian food. Non-vegetarian food is derived from killing or wounding animals for potential food resources whereas vegetarian food is derived from plant sources and involves no harm or killing of anyone.
Till a decade back it was considered even by specialized nutritionists that non-veg food is superior to vegetarian food in terms of health benefits and non-veg food was also glamorized by food-serving companies due to its lip-smacking taste. Thus, these may be reasons for more numbers of non-vegetarians across the globe.
Impacts of Non-vegetarian Food
But as we all know that humans have always been greedy and selfish when it comes to their needs, so people started misusing animals for their food satisfaction which promoted overexploitation of meat and thereby, leading to cruelty against animals. In the US, 99% of animals used for food live on massive industrial “factory farms”, where they are crammed by thousands into wire cages, metal crates, or other extremely restrictive enclosures inside filthy, windowless sheds and this is significant proof to show that such animals are subjected to conditions worsen than hell.
Moreover, besides the qualities faced by innocent animals, many of these studies are also showing proves for non-vegetarian food sources to be providing more health-related issues than its benefits. As indicated by the WHO report, non-vegetarian food items increase the risk of 159 distinct sorts of infections and diseases like heart ailments, hypertension, kidney issue, bother bladder issues, dermatitis, inflammation, etc and it also creates a negative impact on the environment.
According to the researches, livestock farming contributes to land and water degradation, biodiversity loss, acid rain, coral reef degeneration, and many more negative impacts.
Hence, it is the need of the hour that we must adopt some sustainable methods which can satisfy our appetites, friendly to other living beings, and also environmentally friendly.
Thanks to all the ingenious scientists and researchers who, by doing innumerable researches and studies have finally solved the problem discussed here. And the name of this potential boon is “plant-based meat”.
What Is Plant-Based Meat?
Plant-based meat refers to products made from plant materials that are designed to mimic meat in every way from taste, texture, smell, and appearance. There are two types of plant-based meat: whole muscle meat which is designed to resemble a steak, chicken breast, or any other type of animal muscle, on the other hand, restrict respected meat products are those that we make products like ground beef meatballs sausages, etc.
What Is It Made of?
Plant-based meat consists of ingredients like grain grains, legumes which are utilized for their protein fibers, and starches which can be converted into isolates, flours, and concentrates. Through the process of extrusion, these ingredients are made more closely to mimic meat characteristics while eliminating unwanted aromas flavors, or textures.
Positive Effects of Plant-based Meat
It has succeeded in serving numerous health benefits like lowering blood pressure, reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, prevents type 2 diabetes can help in losing weight, etc.
Moreover, besides its numerous health benefits, it is also helpful in keeping our mother nature safe since it is much less damaging for the environment in another critical way since the emission of greenhouse gas gases is reduced up to 90% when compared with conventional meat. Water pollution and nutrient pollution or also merely and eliminated in many cases, thanks to plant-based meat.
Along with it, plant-based meat is a cruelty free diet that gives it a advantage to plant-based meat over traditional meat. Every day millions of animals are killed for food or for fashion. But plant-based meat is 100% cruelty free and tastes almost same as a traditional meat.
Negative Impacts of Plant-based Meat
But on the other hand, some of the few but emerging side-effects of plant-based meat cannot be ignored such as on health, it has been observed that the ingredients are highly processed and also rich in sodium and saturated fats and all these have their potential to lead a person to a diseased life.
Also according to nutrition scientist, Dr. Graeme Coles, consuming only plants will inevitably still lead to environmental pollution since it will lead to the increase of more nitrous oxide which is a very potent greenhouse gas. However, this claim is still opposed by many researchers, because most of the scientists believed that only plant-based diet can feed human population in the upcoming years. As animal products are very unsustainable for the environment.
Therefore, taking into account both merits and demerits of plant-based meat, it can be concluded that we, as the common people, should adopt a balanced diet for now because many more new researches are going to be there over plant-based meat. Hence, by keeping a balance between consumption of non-vegetarian food,sodium-rich food items, and light and vegetarian alternatives, even a common man like us can also play a significant part in environment preservation and maintaining one’s health and wellness. But if you adopt a completely vegetarian diet or vegan diet, you will not only reduce the environmental impact of animal husbandries as well you will have a cruelty free diet.