It is the age old question….which protein is better for us, plant or animal?
Lets have a look at this in a little more detail.
Protein found in the flesh of animals is in higher portions than that of plant sources of equal quantities.
For example, it would take two cups of lentils to provide the same amount of protein as found in 100 grams of chicken breast.
However, a ‘well rounded’ plant based diet should consist of many different sources containing protein: veggies, grains, tofu, beans, nuts, nut butter, soy milk, brown rice.
Therefore it is difficult to compare the one specific plant based item to an animal source as we have in the example.
However as far as calories, saturated fat and cholesterol go, plant based proteins are by far superior to animal based protein, as there are little, if any, saturated fat and cholesterol found in plant matter.
Animal protein also has the health-damaging, bi-product being acid.
High levels of acid in our body system leads to conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and cancer.
For a lean, healthy, athletic physique, plant based proteins provide all the required building blocks of the human body, but without the adverse health effects of an animal based protein diet.
So next time you are looking to add protein to your diet, do a little research before you make a purchase. I am sure you will be surprised with what you will find.
One of those ‘surprises’ is the best source of protein in the world, ‘hemp powder’. Sales of high quality hemp will sky-rocket once the Australian government lifts its ban on this item as the health benefits cannot be ignored. Unfortunately, Australia (and New Zealand) are little behind the rest of the world. Check out our blog on the ‘Benefits of Hemp’ or do a little research yourself.