By: Judy Davie - The Food Coach
It's a mad world where one day someone is a strict vegetarian, the next they are following the Paleo diet, before deciding to become strict vegans. One wonders what triggers these dramatic shifts in eating regimes. What are the primary drivers that influence diet?
Other than personal preference the four main drivers which influence what we eat include, health, economy, environment, and animal welfare.
Those who choose foods which place less strain on the environment in terms of water consumption and methane gas emissions will enjoy a diet which mainly comprises of plant foods such as vegetables and fruits, legumes and pulses, grains, nuts and seeds.
Those who choose foods because they are concerned for the welfare of animals will also choose to eat plant foods such as vegetables and fruits, legumes and pulses, grains, nuts and seeds.
Those whose budget influences what they eat may be falsely lured towards packaged and fast food because they are marketed as value meals however they provide little nutritional goodness or sustenance nor are they cheaper than seasonal plant foods such as vegetables and fruits, legumes and pulses.
And finally, those who eat primarily for health who are following a strictly low carbohydrate Paleo diet would be well advised to read the new study published in The Lancet
which found that moderate consumers of carbohydrates had the lowest risk of mortality while diets with both low and high in carbohydrates were linked with an increase in mortality. Furthermore, the study found that low-carb diets which replace carbohydrates with proteins and fats from plant sources were associated with lower risk of mortality compared to those that replace carbohydrates with proteins and fat from animal sources.
Whatever your motivation for eating is it seems the No 1 rule is this:
Eat foods that are mostly from plants and you'll do right by everyone.