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An expert weighs in on the benefits of a plant-based diet

A vegetarian taco
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Our weekly program, Missouri State Journal, is a collaboration between KSMU Radio and Missouri State University. It's hosted and produced by MSU's Office of Strategic Communication, and it airs each Tuesday morning at 9:45 a.m. on KSMU. 

In the United States, a growing preference for sustainable, healthier foods is causing a serious uptick in the plant-based food market.

In 2021, Bloomberg Intelligence produced a report called “Plant-Based Foods Poised for Explosive Growth.” It valued the plant-based food market at $29.4 billion in 2020 and predicted that number will exceed $162 billion within the next decade.

Registered dietitian Natalie Allen sheds more light on plant-based diets. She’s also a clinical assistant professor in the department of public health and sports medicine at Missouri State University.

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A native of Malaysia, Emily moved to Springfield in 2010 and started working at Missouri State University in 2014. She’s currently the assistant director in the Office of Strategic Communication. She has a BA in Mass Communications from Colorado State University-Pueblo and a Master of Journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.
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