In our previous blog, we explored the myriad of health benefits of raw honey in comparison to regular honey. This week, we’re highlighting the benefits of incorporating foods derived from plant-based sources.
The Rising Popularity of Plant-based Diets
You may have noticed that plant-based dieting has gained momentum in recent years. From celebrities showing off their vegetarian meals on social media to fast food restaurants offering plant-based meals, this diet is everywhere. However, unlike fad diets, plant-based eating has been around for decades; for some people, it’s a lifestyle.
Incorporating more plant-based foods into your diet can be very beneficial for your health. You don’t have to part ways with meat or dairy if you don’t want to. Instead, you can reduce the frequency or amount of meat you eat and choose more foods from plant sources.
Benefits of Plant-based Diets
Immune system boost: Plants contain essential nutrients that you can’t get from other foods. The vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytochemicals in plants promote cell health and keep your body in balance so that your immune system can achieve peak performance.
Maintain general health: Research proves that a plant-based diet comes with numerous health benefits. Eating more fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and dietary fiber may keep cholesterol, hypertension, and type-2 diabetes at bay. It's been said that processed meats can contain nitrates that are carcinogenic in high quantities.
Conversely, the phytonutrients in most plant-based dishes, such as lycopene and beta-carotene, are said to strengthen your bones, improve your eye health, and reduce inflammation.
Reduce environmental impact: There’s a convincing argument to be made for the negative ecological impact that over-consuming animal protein has on our mother earth. Livestock’s effects on the environment include overuse of antibiotics, the release of methane into the atmosphere, depletion of fossil fuels, and contributing to toxins by using chemical fertilizers and pesticides. By opting for plant-based foods, you can reduce your environmental footprint.
Plant-based whole foods for holistic nutrition
Whole foods are those that remain close to their natural state. They’re the opposite of processed foods because they don’t have added sugars, flavorings, starches, or other artificial ingredients. Best of all, they’re not primarily produced in a factory. Since they’re not manufactured, they can’t be manipulated to become addictive. Eating primarily whole foods (also known as eating clean) will result in a nutritious diet that’s naturally higher in vitamins, minerals, and fibers.
Greens: Collards, kale, lettuce, spinach, cilantro, parsley, chards, and arugula
Legumes: Black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, green beans, soybeans, lima beans, lentils, and pinto beans
Fruits: Apples, bananas, apricots, cherries, berries, melons, mangoes, pineapple, grapes, plums, and kiwis
Hemp seeds: Consuming hemp seeds, also known as hemp hearts, is as easy as sprinkling a spoonful or two into your smoothies or on your salads, cereal or yogurt. People with gluten sensitivity can use these seeds as a substitute to breadcrumbs to coat fish or chicken. Thanks to their nutty flavor, hemp seeds are the perfect replacement for people with nut allergies. Why not incorporate hemp seeds into your diet with our native, raw, and organic honey that is infused with cold-pressed hemp seed powder? Its the first of its kind product on the market and one that’s sure to be a favorite if you are something well, a little bit special!
Hemp seed oil: You can use hemp seed oil as a finishing oil for salads, grilled veggies, pasta and popcorn. Strictly use this oil as the finishing glaze to your favorite dishes. Avoid using it as a cooking or frying oil because its delicate omega fatty acids will break down as you cook, and you’ll lose nutrition.
Looking for organic foods? Try Meluka Australia’s Native Honey Infused with Hemp Seed
Meluka Australia’s native honey infused with hemp seed combines hemp seed powder with our signature wildflower honey. Our honey is 100% raw, gluten-free, certified Kosher and Halal, and fully traceable back to the master beekeeper.
Hemp seeds are known for being high in protein and rich in essential fatty acids. Our bodies don’t produce them, so we need to get them from the foods we eat. These are the good fats we need to consume! Healthy bees produce our raw honey by foraging the pristine healing grounds of Australia’s Bungawalbin Valley.
Meluka Australia prioritizes bee health and sustainability
It’s no secret that our precious bees are under threat. Unfortunately, bee populations around the world are decreasing due to Colony Collapse Disorder and the use of pesticides on crops from which our bees collect pollen. One of the biggest threats to bee health is exposure to toxic chemical pesticides used in non-organic farming.
Here at Meluka Australia we have our roots firmly set in maintaining sustainable, organic farming practices – to keep our soil strong and our bees healthy. We pledge our commitment to creating Australia’s healthiest, certified organic honey, protecting our unique ecosystem, and sustainable beekeeping practices. Choosing our Meluka Australia certified organic honey supports bee health and ensures you and you’re family are choosing the best quality honey!
Yours, the Meluka family
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