The term “plant-based” is often used to promote healthy foods, sustainable practices or as a synonym to the word “vegan.” In his article published by Kansas City’s Evolving Magazine, Nutrition Myth Buster Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS cautions readers to be more aware. Bowden follows up with some thought-worthy facts that contradict a lot of what we’ve been taught to believe, explaining that following a “plant-based” diet isn’t necessarily better for the environment or our health. 

One ingredient he mentions as a safe bet for health and sustainability is Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil. He reveals, “By law, all palm oil grown and produced in Malaysia must be certified sustainable. Certified sustainable palm oil will have either the RSPO certificate (Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil) or even more rigorous MSPO certificate (Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil).” According to Bowden, buzzwords like “plant-based” don’t really mean anything but knowing where your ingredients are sourced matters.

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