Plant-based diets are ecologically more sustainable than a typical Western diet due to their lower carbon footprint, less use of land, energy and water. Plants are part of many indigenous and traditional diets, such as the Mediterranean diet, for which scientific evidence reveals an abundance of health benefits. To adopt a plant-based eating style, more plant proteins are recommended to be included in the daily diet, which needs to be carefully planned to provide adequate amounts of all nutrients. However, there are concerns that children eating plant-based diets without any animal protein do not receive adequate amounts of some essential nutrients for their healthy growth and development and may require additional supplementation.
This is a video teaser with key points from the presentation of Sharon Palmer during a webinar organized by the Nestlé Nutrition Institute in August 2019. Click on the link below if you want to see Mrs. Sharon Palmer’s full talk: