Herbalife Dialogue Series Podcast: Heathier lifestyle with plant-based foods
Southeast Asia is witnessing a rise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes1, due to factors like a diet high in unhealthy processed food and a more urban, sedentary lifestyle. There is a need to strengthen awareness on the importance of a balanced nutrition and an active lifestyle among the public, which includes consuming more plant-based food daily.
In this podcast, Dr. Alex Teo, Director, Research Development and Scientific Affairs – Asia Pacific, Herbalife Nutrition, and Dr. Mahenderan Appukutty, Vice President of Nutrition Society of Malaysia, discuss lifestyle-linked diseases, the benefits of a plant-based diet, and the need for public nutrition education initiatives to strengthen awareness on maintaining good health and immune systems.
Key insights include:
- The growing trend of unhealthy eating patterns that cause malnutrition and a rapid increase of NCDs in this region
- Herbalife surveys showed 80% of consumers want to kick unhealthy lifestyle habits they developed during the pandemic, and plan to purchase more plant-based foods over the next 12 months
- Plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains can provide different essential nutrients and other phytonutrients to the body
- For example, soy is a complete plant-based protein, which contain all 9 essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce on their own
- In addition, soy crops use less water, emit less carbon, and produce more protein per acres compare to beef, eggs, or milk
- The importance of public-private partnerships to help promote and educate the consumers on accurate and proper nutrition information
Listen to the podcast here.
Read the transcript here.