Introducing Plant Points

What are Plant Points?

Think of Plant Points like your 5-a-day. For many years, we’ve been advised to eat five fruits and vegetables a day to help us get more healthy foods into our diet. Plant Points can be gained from whole foods, powdered food, and herbs & spices and focuses on increasing variety rather than just the number.

To help us count our Plant Points, foods are split into three groups: whole foods which are worth 1 Plant Point, powdered foods which are 1/2 a Plant Point and herbs & spices which are worth a 1/4 of a Plant Point. 

How to count Plant Points

It's simple, if you add a food from the lists above then it counts towards your weekly plant points!

If you were making our Flamingo Pea & Smoky Red Pepper Stew, you'd include:

  • H&B Flamingo peas: Whole Food = 1 Plant Point
  • Red peppers: Whole Food = 1 Plant Point
  • Tomatoes: Whole Food = 1 Plant Point
  • Flat leaf parsley: Herbs & Spices = 1/4 of a Plant Point

So, you have 3 and 1/4 Plant Points…and that's before we add the rest of the ingredients, like our new H&B Red Sauce, Passata and Kimchi. And, to help, we've included the Plant Points for an average portion size on our food packaging.

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What are the benefits of Plant Points?

Studies have shown that eating 30 different plant foods a week can play a positive role in leading a healthy lifestyle.¹ For example, the 2018 American Gut Project study highlighted that participants who ate a broader range of plants had more diverse gut microbiomes – which play a huge part in human health and disease.

Increasing the variety of plant-based foods is a great move for your health, because:

  • Different fibres promote the growth of different bacteria
  • Different fruits and vegetables contain a range of phytonutrients 
  • Different fruits and vegetables contain a variety of essential nutrients 
  • Plant-based foods tend to have lower energy density

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