Novel plant-based meat alternatives: future opportunities and health considerations.

FLINT, Megan, BOWLES, Simon, LYNN, Anthony and PAXMAN, Jenny R (2023). Novel plant-based meat alternatives: future opportunities and health considerations. The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 1-36.

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Current food systems threaten population and environmental health. Evidence suggests reduced meat and increased plant-based food consumption would align with climate change and health promotion priorities. Accelerating this transition requires greater understanding of determinants of plant-based food choice. A thriving plant-based food industry has emerged to meet consumer demand and support dietary shift towards plant-based eating. ‗Traditional' plant-based diets are low energy density, nutrient dense, low in saturated fat and purportedly associated with health benefits. However, fast-paced contemporary lifestyles continue to fuel growing demand for meat-mimicking plant-based convenience foods which are typically ultra-processed. Processing can improve product safety and palatability and enable fortification and enrichment. However, deleterious health consequences have been associated with ultra-processing, though there is a paucity of equivocal evidence regarding the health value of novel plant-based meat alternatives and their capacity to replicate the nutritional profile of meat-equivalents. Thus, despite the health halo often associated with plant-based eating, there is a strong rationale to improve consumer literacy of plant-based meat alternatives. Understanding the impact of extensive processing on health effects may help to justify the use of innovative methods designed to maintain health benefits associated with particular foods and ingredients. Furthering knowledge regarding the nutritional value of novel plant-based meat alternatives will increase consumer awareness thus support informed choice. Finally, knowledge of factors influencing engagement of target consumer subgroups with such products may facilitate production of desirable healthier plant-based meat alternatives. Such evidence-based food manufacturing practice has the potential to positively influence future individual and planetary health.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1111 Nutrition and Dietetics; 3210 Nutrition and dietetics
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Page Range: 1-36
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2023 11:39
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2023 17:48

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