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08/14/2023 “Plant Protein vs. Meat” By Kaylee McGrath

Opening Statement:

Over the past few years, the growing argument between healthcare professionals, nutritionists, and dietitians have been… is plant protein better than meat? As plant-based diets seem to be growing in popularity in the US as well as in other countries, from the Mediterranean diet, the vegan diet, and lastly the raw food diet. The information I found on the internet could possibly help you decide if this type of diet is good for you and could you be able to sustain enough nourishment to keep you healthy or possibly healthier?

In a recent article written by a well-respected registered dietitian and nutritionist from Bayshore Medical Center, explains what you need to know.

Health Benefits of Plant Proteins:

Plant proteins are an important source of nutrition and provide lots of health benefits:

1. They may have fewer calories, less unhealthy fat, and less cholesterol than animal protein.

2. They provide nutrients like niacin, thiamine, B5, B6, B7, and vitamins A and K.

3. Plant proteins provide fiber, which helps digestion and can reduce the risk of cancer and heart problems. Studies have found that eating multiple servings of plants per day can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and heart attack.

Risks Associated with Eating Plant Proteins

· Plant proteins are often incomplete protein sources, meaning they don’t have all nine essential amino acids needed for muscle growth and repair. Not eating a variety of different plant proteins can lead to you not getting all the essential amino acids.

· This can result in decreased immunity, digestive problems, depression, fertility issues, lower mental alertness, slowed growth in children and other health issues

To ensure you don’t become amino acid-deficient, eat a variety of plant products, especially from these nearly complete protein sources:

· Quinoa

· Tofu

· Edamame

· Buckwheat

· Chia seeds

· Hummus

· Peanut butter

· If you rely mostly on plant sources for protein, make sure you get enough vitamin B12.

· If you’re on a plant-based diet, look for foods fortified with vitamin B12 or consider taking a supplement.

Closing Statement:

I cannot stress enough that before you try any new diet, you must check with your doctor and seek the advice of a Nutritionist/Dietitian. Not all diets, either for weight loss or to eat healthier is good for everyone. If for some reason your body is not reacting properly and you feel any fatigue or something does not feel right, please make an appointment with your doctor, and stop the diet until your doctor tells you it is safe to continue.

Source of Information: Various Google Searches

Until Next Week, Stay Safe and Well!

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