Netflix’s latest documentary, 'You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experiment', aims to finally answer the long debated question: omnivore vs vegan, which diet is better?
The researchers from the Stanford study were adamant in making this a fair fight. And that meant putting the best foot forward for each dietary approach. Instead of comparing a plant based diet to a traditional meat-eaters diet, like so many other studies have done, this study used a healthy approach to each eating style. They also used 21 sets of identical twins to eliminate genetic variables between participants.
For the first half of the 8-week study, participants were assigned a vegan or clean eating meal plan from Trifecta. The convenience of ready-made meals helped ensure the participants stuck to their plans and also helped researchers cut down on further variables. But not just any meal delivery would do.
Here are five key reasons why researchers from this study relied on Trifecta’s nutrition to set the bar for their participants.
Without a doubt, one of the best things you can do to improve your health is to eat more whole foods and fewer processed options. Research continues to suggest that eating more heavily processed foods may increase your risk of developing high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and stroke, and early death (1,2,3,4).
Typical convenience foods are heavily processed or made with artificial ingredients and preservatives to extend the shelf life. With Trifecta, you get all the convenience of ready-to-eat meals but using ingredients you’d find in your kitchen at home.
Trifecta recipes rely on whole food ingredients to provide the best nutrition possible.This means no preservatives, artificial flavorings, and no refined oils. And to keep everything tasting fresh, the meals are made to order, vacuumed- sealed, and delivered in a refrigerated box.
On any diet, calorie control is crucial to seeing results (5). However, maintaining proper calorie control can be tricky if you are eating out often or not measuring your food portions at home.It’s not just about eating less, but learning how to balance high calorie foods and ingredients with plenty of low calorie options like non-starchy vegetables and lean proteins.
Getting your serving sizes just right can take some practice and it can be easy to overdo it on certain ingredients like cooking oil. Trifecta’s recipes incorporate automatic portion control, so you know exactly how many calories you are getting with every meal.
This level of control and diet adherence is crucial in a research setting, like the Stanford Study behind the documentary, 'You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experiment'. But it also benefits anyone looking to have more control over their daily nutrition intake.
Getting the right balance of protein, fat, and carbs plays a role in your overall body composition by helping you gain lean mass and lose body fat. A good macro ratio can also help manage your appetite and energy levels.
Find out how much protein, fat and carbs you need here:
Participants in the Stanford study underwent a DEXA scan to measure changes in the body composition. And were told that their nutrition and fitness plan would have an impact on their ability to gain muscle and lose body fat during the 8-weeks.
Multiple studies suggest that diets high in protein tend to be the most favorable when it comes to keeping hunger in check and maintaining your lean mass (6,7,8,9). Thus, all Trifecta meal plans are high protein with balanced carbohydrates and healthy fats to support your health and fitness goals.
High sodium intake has long been associated with increased blood pressure and increased heart health risks (10,11). Additionally, too much added sugar in the diet has been associated with weight gain, heart health risks, and increased risk of type 2 diabetes (12).
Trifecta uses little to no added sugar in their recipes, except for the occasional maple syrup in an oatmeal dish. And all the meals follow strict guidelines when it comes to sodium content.
Sodium levels are all carefully moderated and kept between 600mg - 800mg per meal, depending on the meal plan. This can equate to ~1,800mg - 2,400mg of sodium a day, which follows the FDA’s Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of 2,300mg a day.
In addition to nutritional balance, the quality of the foods you eat can also play a major role in your health and the health of the environment.
Trifecta sources organic ingredients and premium, humanely raised proteins for their recipes. This includes poultry that never gets antibiotics (NAE) and are also hormone-free (ABF), and grass-fed beef and bison that never gets antibiotics (NAE).
Additionally, Trifecta uses packaging that is 98% biodegradable.
Ready to start eating like the twins? See what Trifecta meal delivery can do for your health and order your very own vegan or clean meal plan today!