Why Vegan Cuisine?
Humans are omnivores, not carnivores or herbivores, and in order to achieve balance in our modern-day diets, vegetarianism is essential. We believe that every person’s position on vegetarianism is to be respected, but also challenged. Vegetarianism is no longer simply an animal rights movement or special diet. It has emerged as a respected animal-free cuisine and a pathway back to our dietary roots as omnivores. Humanity is actually able to live and thrive exclusively on a plant based diet. By embracing a vegan plant-based diet either for health reasons or for environmental and economic reasons, we can achieve sustainability in our human diet, our environment, and the culinary world.
Though, as omnivores, we were built to chew and digest meat, we now have the dietary knowledge and food capability to thrive on a plant-based diet. Our bodies function best on a high complex carbohydrate, high fiber, low protein, and low fat diet, which is quite the opposite nutritional profile of meat; therefore, meat and animal products should ideally be a small to nil percentage of a human’s diet. In fact, we believe that no less than 75 percent of our diet should be plant-based as the foundation of a healthy diet. When we say plant-based cuisine, we are talking about food that is free of all animal products and byproducts (i.e. diary and eggs). At least 50% of our diet should be fresh produce, with whole grains and plant proteins, including pulses (beans, peas, & lentils), and legumes (soybean proteins), comprising the remaining fifty percent.
From a culinary perspective, we focus on vegan cuisine because it covers all categories of customer needs and preferences, is the healthiest form of vegetarianism, and is essential to mastering vegetarian cuisine. At Eco-Cuisine, we focus on translating classical cuisines and the foods we cherish to plant-based options as a bridge to vegetarian cuisine. Plant based cuisine, properly prepared, will inspire humanity to embrace it. Our products, combined with our cookbook and services for food service professionals, help bridge that gap and further our mission to provide affordable access to delicious, healthy, and sustainable plant-based food-options. We are currently working with the Colorado Dry Bean Council, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization, and American Natural Foods to advance plant-based eating around the globe.