HEALTH BENEFITS OF VEGAN PROTEIN
As more and more people begin to enjoy vegetarian, vegan foods and keto friendly diets, understanding how to replace the protein found in meat is extremely important.
Why we need protein?
Proteins are the building blocks of life. Every cell in the human body is made up of chains of amino acids, which are in themselves the building blocks of protein. Our bodies can naturally produce 11 “non-essential” amino acids on their own whereas 9 “essential” amino acids have to come from our diets. Protein helps to support growth and energy levels, build our strength, repair our tissues and muscles, and is essential for the production of enzymes and neurotransmitters that work constantly to keep our digestion and metabolism working and our brains functioning. Our body loses and replaces approximately 2 million cells per second and without adequate protein from our diet, our body is unable to repair damaged cells or produce new ones. Simply put, we need adequate protein in order to thrive.
Benefits of vegan protein:
Foods with good amounts of vegan protein:
Legumes: Black beans, chickpeas, edamame, kidney beans, lentils, golden peas, pinto beans, soy (tempeh, tofu).
Wholegrains: Amaranth, buckwheat, millet, oats, quinoa, rice, whole-wheat
Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, peanuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds.
By combining at least 2 of the above foods groups you will ensure that you are always getting your full host of 20 amino acids in every meal. e.g. beans + rice, hummus + seed crackers, almond butter + rice crackers, lentil soup + whole meal bread.
Protein Supplements: The quickest and easiest way to ensure that you are getting enough quality complete protein in your diet is to supplement with a vegan protein powder, for example, Clean Lean Protein from Body Complete Rx. Not only is it 100% vegan but it contains all 20 amino acids and is free from gluten, dairy and GMOs.
Via BCRX Staff & MindFOOD.