Supplements are used in special situations where clients cannot consume the quantity or type of food needed to provide sufficient calories or sufficient quantities of a particular nutrient. Supplements are never the most sustainable choice, however homemade enrichment more sustainable than commercial supplements.
How can I change?
Making your own supplements is easy and cost-effective and is the most sustainable option. However, when commercial supplements are needed, their sustainability can be determined from their ingredients and packaging. Sustainable supplements contain ingredients which are environmentally friendly and ethically produced, with the least amount of single-use packaging.
Oatmeal can be flavoured with nut butter.
Sprinkle nutritional yeast on foods as you would sprinkle salt.
Soups, broths, and sauces can be made with miso paste. It is rich in manganese, copper, B vitamins and probiotics (beware of sodium).
- Organic ingredients are produced without the use of synthetic pesticides.
- In bulk. This reduces the use of paper and/or plastic packaging.
- If possible, paper packaging. Polystyrene (plastic) packaging was found to have a higher environmental impact than recycled paper and produced up to 16 times more greenhouse gases.
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Baked goods, such as cookies, muffins, and bread, can be supplemented with cricket or legume flour.
Cream soups can be enhanced with whey or skim milk powder.
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