If you haven’t already watched the documentary “Forks Over Knives”, I highly recommend you get right on it! What a fabulous insight to the benefits of a plant based diet.
Why do we need protein? What does it do for our bodies? Well, protein contains Amino Acids which help build and repair muscle. There are many types of proteins. Here are just a few:
Histidine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan and Valine. These proteins come from food sources. They are also called complete proteins. Your liver does make some proteins but you should add in your food sources also.
You do not have to eat meat to get your required proteins. Beans, nuts, grains and veggies contain some amino acids. Here is a compact list of super foods from Livestrong.com
Legumes – High in protein, provide B vitamins and minerals. Types of legumes include beans, lentils, peas and peanuts. A 1-cup serving of pinto beans provides 15.4 g of protein, 1 oz. of dry-roasted peanuts has 6.7 g of protein and 1 cup of cooked lentils provides 17.9 g of protein. Products made with Legumes, such as peanut butter, soy milk and tofu, are also high in protein.
Beans – Black, kidney, pinto, garbanzo and soy beans all contain high protein. In addition, they offer low-glycemic carbohydrates that promote leanness and give you lasting energy. Black beans possess the highest vegetable source of protein besides soy, according to Brown. All beans contain high fiber, which fights heart disease, ensures bowel regularity and eliminates toxins from the body.
Nuts – Nuts are not only a great source of protein; they also provide heart-healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats. Types of nuts include walnuts, almonds, pistachios and hazelnuts. A 1 oz. serving of walnuts provides 4.3 g of protein, 1 oz. of almonds provides 6 g of protein and 1 oz. of pistachios provides 5.9 g of protein.
Whole Grains – Whole grains are grains that have the endosperm, germ and bran intact before processing. Types of whole grains include brown rice, oats, corn, quinoa, amaranth and wheat. One cup of cooked brown rice provides 5 g of protein, 1-cup of cooked oatmeal provides 5.9 g of protein and 1-cup of cooked amaranth provides 9.35 g of protein. Products made with whole grains, such as whole wheat bread or pasta, are also good sources of protein.
Ok, so…. The pros and cons
Plant proteins are said to contain almost the same protein value like the ones coming from animals. More so, plants are regarded as excellent sources of a plethora of vitamins, minerals, fibers and antioxidants that no animal source can match. Plant proteins also have no cholesterol or saturated fats like animal proteins do. Plant proteins have more vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants compared to animal proteins.
Animal protein: Think of the antibiotic and hormones that are given to the animals to eat. These are passed on to humans for consumption that you don’t even think about. Have you ever wondered why our children today that are 11 and 12 years old look like they are 19 or 20! Hormones from the meat! Plants are not fed hormones. By consuming a plant based diet, you will greatly reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes; you will see increases in better skin, sleep and energy.
Watch Forks Over Knives or visit Forksoverknives.com and you will be amazed at the health changes you can make just by removing animal based foods from your diet. Challenge yourself for just 1 month. Keep a log from day one to day 30. Log hours of sleep each night, record energy levels, changes in skin, hair and nails.
I’m starting my personal challenge today, how about you?