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Unilever scientists are calling for a better public health strategy with plant-based diets at the forefront of the public interest.

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In a new review, the scientists revealed the many benefits of consuming a plant-based diet, including that it is rich in a variety of nutrients and foods. They are calling for a greater shift towards plant-based diets for both health and planetary reasons.

Ans Eilander, the lead scientist at Unilever and a study author, said, “The nutrition industry also has an important role to play in helping consumers shift to a diet consisting of more plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, pulses, and nuts.”

This goes hand in hand with the Unilever Future Foods ambition, which was created to encourage more people to try adopting a plant-based diet. Eilander said, “As part of this, we announced an annual global sales target of €1 billion (US$1.1 billion) from plant-based meat and dairy alternatives by 2025-2027, and a commitment to double the number of products delivering positive nutrition globally by 2025.”

The review noted the fact that all diets will have certain weak points but gave insight into how to prevent those on a plant-based diet. In addition, giving valuable nutritional advice, including replacing certain vitamins, such as vitamin B12.

Eilander said, “The main insight is that there were nutrient inadequacies in all diets. In all diet groups, people are not consuming a sufficient variety of foods from different food groups to get all the nutrients they need. This highlights the importance of educating consumers on the vital role different food groups play in their diet.”

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