Plant-Based Eating Is Easier Than You Think—If You Avoid These 7 Mistakes
Ask any food or nutrition expert about rising culinary trends that will continue to gain traction in 2021 (and beyond), and we guarantee you'll hear the term "plant-based" within a couple of sentences. This movement is promising and favorable: an overdependence on animal products is not sustainable from both an environmental and personal health perspective. Transitioning to a more plant-based diet is one of the best things you can do for your body and for the planet.
But even plant-based eating isn't perfect. What about all those highly processed fake meats—and "alt" dairy products, desserts, protein bars, and other sodium- or sugar-packed snack foods—on the market that tout a conspicuous health halo? And how can we make sure we don't end up replacing healthy foods like fish and eggs with white bread and potato chips? To help us avoid all the common pitfalls of plant-based eating, we spoke with Reshma Shah, MD, MPH, a board certified pediatrician and adjunct faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Brenda Davis, RD, co-authors of the new book, Nourish: The Definitive Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for Families. Here are the mistakes the experts see most frequently, plus how to avoid them.