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A mixture of a vegetarian diet and more flexible options, this type of alternative is based on the consumption of organic and sustainable products.
In order to consume healthier products that have more beneficial effects for our body, in recent times we have opted for all kinds of diets: vegan, vegetarian, raw food, pescetarian, etc. However, these types of diets are not always suitable for everyone. Therefore, it is important to select the type of diet we want to follow according to our needs and possibilities.
In a clear trend towards a basically plant-based diet, women are the ones who choose this model the most, prioritizing their health, although they also have to do with environmental or animal protection arguments.
Within this upward trend, a new diet has emerged: the flexitarian. A dietary proposal that has emerged as one of the most balanced. The basis of this proposal is a vegetarian diet with low consumption of products of animal origin.
Flexitarian is the result of combining the word "flexible" with "vegetarian". In other words, it would be a flexible vegetarian diet because animal products are not completely restricted, and those that are consumed are organically raised and from sustainable fishing.
That is why a flexitarian diet is a good option for those who want to reduce their meat consumption, but who do not impose it as a prohibition. It can also be the first step for those who, over time, want to end up being a vegetarian or vegan.
As in all diets, the figure of the dietitian-nutritionist is key so that there are no nutritional deficiencies. The base of a flexitarian menu is mainly vegetables and greens, which are combined with legumes, sprouts, nuts, whole grains, tubers, algae, or seeds. But it can also include eggs and dairy and, in some cases, fish, seafood, or meat. But, when you eat them, it is as a complement to the vegetables, not as the main ingredient of the dish.
Obviously, the flexitarian also pays attention to the origin of the food: they prefer vegetables from organic farming, choose sustainable fish products, opt for the meat of organic origin, and certified for animal welfare. You are concerned about what you eat and strive to eat healthily. That is why it also rejects refined flours or pre-cooked ones. In short, flee from the ultra-processed.
Done right, the flexitarian diet has many health benefits:
• It has a cardioprotective effect because it is low in saturated fat and rich in omega 3 fatty acids.
• Its contribution in fiber, antioxidants, preferably whole complex carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, helps prevent different chronic pathologies and reduces the risk of tumors such as the colon.
• And it has a great advantage over the vegan diet: the sporadic intake of fish and meat provides vitamins that being vegan it is very possible to have a deficiency.