Good question. If we’re being literal, it’s choosing to eat foods and drink beverages that are made only from plants, without any ingredients from animals. The many benefits of a plant-based diet are well-documented. Diets high in plant-based foods are linked to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight1. People with a decreased intake of plant-based foods have an increased risk of getting too little potassium, fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, folate, and other important nutrients2. But you don’t have to go totally vegan, or even vegetarian. Improving your diet can be as easy as adding in more fruit, veggies, grains or nuts every day.
At Silk, we believe in the power of plants, for people and for the planet. That’s why everything we make is plant-based. But we’re not about forcing extremes on anybody—we’re about progress. Trying to eat better is enough. It’s perfect, in fact. We’re here to bring everyone more plant-based options that taste amazing. If you’re a dedicated vegan, awesome. If you’re a burger fanatic, also awesome. Everyone’s invited on our smooth, delicious journey.
Plants naturally live lower on the food chain than animals. Raising animals can take a lot more resources than growing plants. When you work a few more plants into your routine, you’re doing something smart for your body and the planet. Take water, for instance—it takes an average of 80% more water to produce a half gallon of conventional dairy milk than to make Silk Original soymilk, almondmilk or coconutmilk3. And that’s only one example of how plant-based diets can help protect and conserve the our planet’s precious resources.
1 He, K et al. Int J Obes 2004; 28(12):1569-1574, Melina V et al. J Acad Nutr Diet Dec;116(12):1970-1980
2 USDA, Scientific report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, 2015
3 Based on a 2013 Water footprint assessment conducted by Silk for original soymilk, almondmilk and coconutmilk using the Water Footprint Network methodology, ISO 14046 framework, and the average annual consumption of Silk by U.S. households.