Jan 17, 2019

5 alternative sources of protein… and why you should switch to them

 

Protein is one of the most essential requirements of the human body. Our energy, strength, and health all depend on it.

 

When you think of high sources of protein, you probably think of meat. While meat does provide a high source of protein, what if we were to tell you that there are non-meat alternatives with even bigger benefits?

 

Let us start off by saying that we aren’t encouraging anyone to completely stop consuming meat. The meat industry (particularly beef) provides a livelihood for up to a billion people. However, while beef holds its importance, from a sustainability perspective, it’s not the future.

 

While meats like chicken and pork provide healthy protein and produce less GHG (Green House Gas) emissions, they would reduce diet-related mortality rate by only 0.5-1%, according to www.weforum.org. Non-meat alternatives, on the other hand, would reduce it by 5%! Another major issue with meat is the high saturated fat content.

 

This can lead to cardiovascular diseases due to high cholesterol levels. Moreover, red meat has been found to be carcinogenic (having high potential to cause cancer), according to the World Health Organization (WHO). (Admittedly, causation has not been proven, as genetics have a large role to play in cancer as well.)

 

WHO reports that cancer cases from red meat stand at approximately 50,000 a year. While that isn’t quite the same level as 1 million from tobacco, it’s still a staggering number. 

 

Making a healthy choice and avoiding meat can be quite a challenge. However, from a health, nutritional, environmental and cost-saving perspective, it certainly is worth doing! Take a look at the advantages of some non-meat alternative proteins:

 

Eggs

 

Eggs:

Eggs are a simple and essential source of protein. They’re easy to source and prepare and one egg gives you only 70 calories. Moreover, the egg is truly versatile. You can add veggies to eggs to prepare various dishes, such as scrambled, poached or fried eggs, omelettes, etc.

 

Diary

 

Dairy:

Yoghurt and cottage cheese are some of the best options of dairy protein. You could eat yoghurt for breakfast, snacks and even desserts!

 

Quinoa

 

Seeds:

When it comes to seeds and grains, there’s no better option than quinoa, a grain often used as an alternative for rice. It has all nine required amino acids and helps add protein with less carbohydrate content. Chia and flax seeds are used in oatmeal, cereals, yoghurt, etc.

 

Greens

 

Greens:

This one’s a no-brainer! Greens like spinach and broccoli host a lot of protein. Veggies can be added into all kinds of foods, but a healthy green salad will do wonders for your body and health. Spinach alone gives you 5 grams of protein per cup! It also gives vitamin A and iron. 

 

Soy

 

Soy: 

There’s a lot more to soy than just tofu. While tofu is a great alternative to meat (and can be used in all sorts of dishes), things like soy balls, soy milk and even soybeans in the pod have become popular today.

 

Again, the purpose of this article isn’t to tell you or anyone else to stop consuming meat. In fact, like so many other things, meat eating is healthy in moderation but risky in excess.

 

While it’s not easy to make the switch to eating healthy non-meat food overnight, start by slowly replacing red meat with the above sources of alternative protein, day by day, little by little.

 

Once you’ve started getting used to it, you’ll begin to notice the changes in your physical well-being. That’s why non-meat sources of protein are the future… and that’s why, we believe, the world will evolve towards more non-meat sources in the future.

 

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