Plant Based Eating : Wondering What All the Fuss Is About?

Oct 12, 2023

The shift towards plant-based eating is growing rapidly in Australia and overseas. Major food companies are embracing this new way of eating, and we are seeing more and more plant-based foods popping up on the supermarket shelves.

With this notable shift comes a myriad of advice from nutritionists and dietitians as well as media and major businesses.  It’s understandable if you are confused with this new way of eating and the abundance of information popping up daily.

More and more people are making the change to eating plant-based foods and for many different reasons. Whether it be for health, ethical or environmental reasons a lot of people are swapping their weekly intake of animal-based proteins (mostly red meat) for plant-based proteins.

The most-documented and compelling reasons for this change is due to the many health benefits associated with plant-based eating.

Research shows that plant-based proteins, such as those derived from legumes, nuts, seeds and tofu, are typically lower in saturated fats and cholesterol compared to animal-based proteins.  This in turn may contribute to improved heart health by reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduced cholesterol levels, better weight management, and improved overall well-being.  Of course, all studies and recommendations come with a disclaimer telling consumers to consult their doctor or nutritionist before making major dietary changes.

As well as the abovementioned health reasons, many people are now wanting to help save the planet and are conscious of the environmental impact traditional meat production is having on the world around us. As a result, many people are making the change and exploring plant-based protein sources as a more sustainable dietary choice. The livestock industry is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, deforestation, and water pollution.  By reducing meat consumption and incorporating more plant-based proteins into their diet, individuals can significantly reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to the conservation of natural resources. Many people now want to do all they can to support a healthier planet for future generations.

People may also switch to a plant-based diet for ethical reasons including pain and suffering to animals, human welfare (selling products that are likely to cause adverse health effects) and religion – Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism to name a few.

So where do you find more plant-based foods and how do you know which ones are good for you?

When it comes to creating plant-based foods, Herman Brot was way ahead of the pack.  The business launched in 2014 with their first product – Herman Brot Lower Carb Bread and now have an entire suite of plant-based low carb, high protein, low GI staple foods.

The Herman Brot product suite includes breads, buns, wraps, pasta + muesli - all products are made using plant-based proteins.  These products all carry the 5-star health rating and can easily be incorporated into the diet of anyone wanting to make a change. 

If you are looking at incorporating some plant-based products into your diet, then why not start with our bread.  Everyone loves bread and our Lower Carb bread, Complete Protein bread and Lower Carb Higher Protein Sourdough bread are all plant-based and boast exceptional nutritional figures. 

Complete Protein Bread : 5.4g carbs per serve / 25.5g protein per serve / GI39

Lower Carb Bread : 5g carbs per serve / 23.6g protein per serve / GI24

Lower Carb Sourdough : 5.4g carbs per serve / 16.9g protein per serve / Low GI

If you start by just having just 2 slices of any of our bread each day, you’ll be supporting the planet and be on your way to achieving your health and protein goals.  Remembering that as we age, consuming adequate protein is very important and as you can see from the figures above, all of our breads are loaded with protein.

There are many companies out there producing plant-based meat alternatives with many producing plant-based varieties of meat products.  Some of these products are extraordinary and taste exactly like meat.  However, please be careful and read the ingredients list as many of these substitute meat products contain a lot of hidden artificial colours, flavours and preservatives that may not be optimal for your health.

All Herman Brot products are produced without any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, which again gives them the tick of approval from many customers.

You can find the full range of Herman Brot breads at COLES, Costco and select Independent Supermarkets and Health Food Stores or buy direct from us online.

Whether you want to go 100% in to plant-based eating or want to start by just swapping out a few meals a week, please consider Herman Brot as an option when looking for plant-based and extremely nutritious staple foods.