Our new plant based and plant forward menus are ideal for people maintaining a flexitarian diet. According to recent studies, 48% of people living in the U.K. identify as having a flexitarian lifestyle.
A flexitarian is someone who doesn’t adhere to the traditional vegetarian or vegan diets but instead eats a mainly plant based diet with minimal meat and fish thrown into the mix. It’s a lot more flexible than being veggie or vegan whilst still enjoying the benefits of being mainly plant based.
There are several benefits to having a mostly but not exclusively based diet:
Less risk of heart disease – diets that are rich in fibre are good for your heart health and although this has been looked into in terms of plant based diets, the fact that flexitarian diets are meant to be mainly plant based, this still gives us a good indication of what health benefits to expect.
Diabetes – there have been studies that support the fact that type 2 diabetes was less prevalent in flexitarians or semi-vegetarians than meat eaters. This is most likely due to the fact that these people were not eating as many processed products and foods with a high unhealthy fat count.
Good for the environment – meat consumption has many detrimental effects on the environment so cutting a lot of meat out of your diet can help ease that. Eating more sustainable foods is good for your health as what is good for the earth is good for us!
Sustainable – there have been studies that show that living by a flexitarian diet is a more sustainable lifestyle than even a vegetarian diet meaning that it is not only healthy for you but that you’re keeping the planet healthy too.