7 December, 2021
Crispy roast potatoes, cranberry sauce, Brussel sprouts and honey roasted parsnips – all staples of the yearly anticipated Christmas Day dinner. What about the turkey we hear you say? Well, in new study from leading food delivery platform Deliveroo, they found that an impressive 1 in 5 Brits are planning to ditch the turkey this year in favour of plant-based options.
It’s no surprise really, with the popularity of vegan and vegetarian diets rising to new heights over recent years. In fact, the Vegan Society found that around 25% of Brits have cut down on their dairy and meat consumption since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
With more plant-based options available than ever before, if you are planning a meat free Christmas, whether it’s to accommodate guests who follow a plant-based diet, for health reasons or due to concern over animal welfare, it’s fair to say the turkey won’t be the star attraction of many spreads this festive season.
Although you’ll be able to find plenty of meat substitutes in the supermarkets this year, studies have found that your ‘Tofurkey’ or ‘fake meat’ alternative can often contain a worryingly high number of unhealthy additives, including high levels of sugar and salt. Whilst they are suitable for those following a plant-based diet, if you’ve converted to veganism or vegetarianism for the health benefits, we’re sure you’d be horrified to know that often these meat substitutes can actually be more harmful than meat itself.
Here at Sciiona, we have just the solution to make sure you can enjoy a meatless yet marvelous, nutritionally beneficial Christmas Dinner.
We use organic moringa leaves grown, harvested and dried by experts in northern India and our UK based edible micro-coating process uses plant derived cellulose so it’s completely suitable for vegans and vegetarians, whilst offering a host of health benefits. Keep reading to find out why Sciiona is a ‘must-have’ this Christmas.
One of the main challenges for vegans and vegetarians is getting enough of certain nutrients. The biggest challenges they face are:
For vegans, vegetarians or those who perhaps just want to cut back on animal sources of protein or may want to decrease their intake of saturated fats, getting the right protein with all of the amino acids you need can be difficult.
Of the 20 dietarily relevant amino acids, 11 are non-essential, which means our body can produce them. However, the rest must come from your diet. These other nine are found together most commonly in animal proteins – which is good news, unless you are vegan or vegetarian.
The amino acid composition in Sciiona is very similar to that of many animal sources. In other words, it offers the nutritional benefits of meat, without eating meat. This helps both vegans and vegetarians optimise their protein intake which is vital for muscle growth, strong bones, low blood pressure and overall wellness.
Lysine is an essential amino acid and is a building block for protein which is vital as your body cannot make it, so you need to obtain it from food. It’s responsible for normal growth and muscle turnover and is used to form carnitine, a substance found in most cells of your body. What’s more, it helps transport fats across your cells to be burned for energy. It can also help your body absorb more calcium, reduce the loss of calcium, and even reduce the risk of calcium build-up in your blood vessels. Lysine is normally only found in low levels in non-animal proteins. Sciiona is high in lysine, so you can go meat-free without the worry of obtaining this important protein.
A recent study has shown that many vegans have poorer bone health, so lysine is of particular importance. There is also growing evidence that lysine together with other dietary components including leucine, vitamins A and B6, omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium are linked to increased calcium absorption, reduced calcium loss and through this better bone health.
Vegans and vegetarians can struggle with getting enough calcium, and we understand that the worry of bone loss is a concern across the ages. It is especially true menopausal women and families with young children. Thankfully, moringa is an excellent source of calcium that can be easily absorbed by the body. Did you know that gram per gram, Sciiona contains four times more calcium than you’ll find in milk?
Iron is the most essential nutrient in our daily lives. This is because it is needed to create hemoglobin, which carries oxygen throughout our bodies. Sciiona is a rich source of iron, as well as vitamins K and E which contribute towards the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
Sciiona is designed to be incorporated into your meals as a healthy and nourishing nutritional condiment, that will supercharge your diet. We have created one of the richest supplies of vital nutrients in the world, from just one source, that can be enjoyed as part of your daily regime and is beneficial to your immune system. What’s more, our edible micro-coating process improves the taste and nutritional qualities of Sciiona, and ensure it’s safe up to be cooked up to temperatures of 160°C.
Simply sprinkle one to two teaspoonfuls over your favourite festive dish or use it as an additional ingredient to make any hearty recipe nutritious and delicious. Although you might be indulging this Christmas, Sciiona will ensure that your gut health, immune system and overall wellness is taken care of, whilst your marvelous meat free dish will be the talk of the town right through to the next festive season.