More and more of us are embracing plant-based eating. This trend is in line with official dietary guidelines recommending a shift towards plant-based eating because of the health and environmental benefits.
Removing animal foods from the diet and replacing these with more plant-based foods (either partly or completely) can improve our intake of certain nutrients. For example, potassium and fibre generally increase. However, depending on the degree of animal food restriction, intake of other nutrients, such as calcium, iron and zinc, may decrease.
As well as ensuring that sufficient quantities of these minerals are consumed in a plant-based diet, it’s also important to consider how well they’re absorbed by the body. This is because various dietary factors can either enhance or inhibit mineral absorption. Soya can play a valuable role in meeting mineral needs.