Why Choose Plant Proteins?
Eating animals is a significantly different nutritional experience from eating plants.
Plant-based foods have more antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fibre than animal-based foods, and less saturated fat and cholesterol.
Plant-based foods are more alkaline forming, help the body fight inflammation, reduce stress and protect cells.
What is Protein?
Proteins are are made of building blocks called Amino Acids, strung together in chains. There are 20 different amino acids, nine of which are known as ‘essential’ because our bodies cannot produce them naturally.
We have been led to believe that a vegetable source of protein ranks lower on the nutritional ladder, because animal-based proteins are more similar to our protein structure than plant-based proteins so our bodies break them down more easily. This is where the concern about the perceived quality of plant-based protein comes in. But this is hardly the case. During digestion, our bodies break down the protein molecules and then put them back together depending on what our system needs.
Plant-based proteins are here to stay! Despite what whey protein enthusiasts say, plant proteins offer some incredible benefits.
The largest, most comprehensive study undertaken – The China Study, revealed the following in regards to Protein:
The study also showed that it did not matter where the source of animal protein was from (lean meat, egg whites, whole milk), or even if it was in small intakes, the adverse effects were the same.
The surprise with the China Study was that scientists found that by removing animal-based proteins, and replacing them with plant based proteins they created the opposite effect of the above results. In fact, not only did plant proteins prevent many degenerative disease, but, in many cases, reversed it.
The China Study revealed the following results when a plant based diet is followed:
While eating tons of animal-based proteins is not the only reason people develop chronic health issues, it is a major factor in our western diets.
The unnatural feeds, hormones, and excessive quantities of antibiotics used on factory farms put the human population at risk for chronic disease, obesity, and drug-resistant bacteria, and pose the threat of major zoonotic disease outbreaks.
Another good reason to switch to a more plant-centric diet is environmental.
Worldwide, over 80 billion land animals are farmed for food. To produce just 1 kg of meat, those animals may each eat upwards of 7kgs of feed – this feed could go directly to feeding humans. Hunger isn’t a scarcity issue, it’s an allocation and distribution issue.
To grow all that animal feed the agriculture industry is having to clear and burn more and more forests to make way for fields.
The UN reports that factory farmed animals cause “an even larger contribution” to climate change than all the worlds cars, trucks, trains, plains and ships combined!
Just a small reduction on your plate each week, would make a massive impact on climate change, and would reduce the destruction of forests on the planet.
Having a more Plant-based diet makes good sense, not just for your health and for the environment, but also to contribute to living in a cruelty free world.