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Consumers of a plant-based diet eat fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and avoid eating animal-based foods, such as meat and dairy. While plant-based diet can be confused with Vegan, there is a difference. Veganism is a lifestyle. A person who does not eat and eliminates all animal products or by-products from their diet, skincare, fashion, and lifestyle including leather, wool, and even honey.

Actually, 100% of protein comes from plants. You get protein from an animal only because the animal recycles the plant protein. Plus, plant protein is perfectly packaged along with an abundance of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber—all critical components for optimal health and disease prevention. On the contrary, animal protein is wrapped up with unhealthy saturated fat and dietary cholesterol. Animal products are also devoid of phytonutrients, antioxidants, and fiber, and are very low in most vitamins and minerals.

We decided years ago that we had to eat animals to get our nutrients, it’s time to put that nonsense idea to rest. We don’t have to survive off other species to keep us strong and healthy. We also needn’t harm animals, the environment, or our bodies through mass productions of meat, dairy, eggs, and even processed foods that all just contribute even more to the problems at hand.

Vitamin D3 can mainly be sourced from the sunlight.  Diet is a very poor source of Vitamin D. Most people are actually deficient in Vitamin D3 due to their lifestyle (working from 9 to 5 and covering themselves in clothes).

The skin can generate 10 000 IU of D3 in 10 to 15 mins only if you expose a large portion of the skin to the sun (such as the face, arms, legs and torso combined) without sunscreen between 11 am and 3 pm. You can only get barely get about 400 – 800 IU of D3 from food (and that would be if you eat quite a bit of it).

All natural plant-based foods contain a wide spectrum of nutrients, including iron, calcium, and vitamin C. Many of which can both enhance or inhibit one another. Don’t get too concerned with these small interactions. The main inhibitor of iron is tannins which is found in coffee, tea, and wine. If you were wanting to enhance iron absorption, reduce or eliminate coffee + tea (or drink them outside of your meals). Herbal teas often contain tannins, which means they could partially reduce the absorption of non-heme iron if it’s taken together with a meal. A cup of chamomile tea or peppermint tea contains far fewer tannins than a cup of black tea.

Soaking nuts, or known as activating, remove the nut’s outer layer of phytic acid. This means the valuable nutrients (vitamins + minerals) are much more digestible and bio-available for your body to absorb. In creamy recipes, the nut soaking achieves a silky smooth texture.

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