February 2024.

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About this episode

Plant proteins, plant-based, plant-forward – these eating patterns have increased in popularity and have received lots of attention over the last few years.

But today, we’re not talking about meat analogues or alternatives that are made to look like or replicate meat. We’re discussing whole foods which have been in our diets, and on our plates, for thousands of years . . . we’re talking nuts and legumes!

We speak with Kathy La Macchia, from the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council (GLNC), to unpack the benefits of these natural plant proteins – what they offer to both human and planetary health, and why Australians need to focus on eating more.

About today’s guest

Katherine La Macchia is the General Manager of GLNC, a not-for-profit organisation that advocates for the nutritional benefits of grains, legumes and plant-based diets through evidence-based information.

Kathy is an Australian dietitian with more than 25 years of international experience in food and dietetics. She sits on multiple nutrition and sustainability advisory groups, focusing on improving the food supply for all.

Kathy La Macchia

Supporting resources:

Towards healthier and more sustainable diets in the Australian context: comparison of current diets with the Australian Dietary Guidelines and the EAT-Lancet Planetary Health Diet

Modelling the replacement of red and processed meat with plant-based alternatives and the estimated effect on insulin sensitivity in a cohort of Australian adults

Substitution of animal-based with plant-based foods on cardiometabolic health and all-cause mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies

Plant-based dietary patterns for human and planetary health

A global assessment of the water footprint of farm animal products

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