There is plenty of scientific evidence that supports plant-based diets reducing chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, cancers. In some situations, plant-based diets can even help to reverse these diseases. And then, there’s also the well-documented benefits of feeling more energized, having less inflammation, and just having better overall health. In addition to being good for our health, plant-based diets also help Mother Earth. By moving the focus from animal to plant-based, we can increase our global food supply 49%, as well as significantly reducing carbon emissions and waste byproducts that end up in our oceans. Raising animals also uses up over 50% of our fresh water, which is costly and inefficient. In contrast, growing one pound of mushrooms requires less than 2 gallons of water, versus the 2,000 gallons necessary to grow one pound of beef.
Even if you don’t have plans to go full vegan or vegetarian, having a more plant-based diet will be beneficial to your body as well as the planet. If you want to learn more, I highly recommend the documentary Forks Over Knives,which does a deep dive into the China Study, one of the longest longitudinal studies on diet and health. In particular, it delves into how humans have only in recent history switched to a meat and dairy heavy diet, resulting in the negative impacts on our bodies and the environment.
However, when it comes to snacking, it’s more often than not I find myself gravitating to the most highly processed and unhealthy options possible. When it comes to grab-and-go options, the tastiest options always seem to be the ones that are the most unhealthiest. That’s why when I discovered just how great snacks made from mushrooms could be, I realized that eating a more plant-based diet didn’t have to be so hard. I was happy to find a snack that didn’t sacrifice flavor for health. In addition to munchrooms, click hereto see what other delicious plant-based snacks we’re munching on!