What is plant-based protein? Why do people choose this?
First of all, let’s talk about protein. Protein makes up our bodies. In fact, it has been dubbed as life’s building blocks. Every part of your body, from the tips of your hair down to your toenails are made up of protein, or to be exact — amino acids. It’s therefore impossible for the body to function without it. Without amino acids (the stuff that make up protein) your body will be unable to regenerate new cells and tissues or even produce hormones. Getting nutrition into the cells is also part of the amino acid job description. The body can produce 13 amino acids that it needs. However, the body desperately needs 9 more types of amino acids, and you can only get these from the food that you eat.
Almost everything we eat contains at least a bit of protein, but sometimes your body just don’t have enough supply for the demand. You should assess your protein intake when you experience headaches, dizziness, nausea, mood swings (depression/crankiness), muscle cramps and soreness, inability to concentrate, unexplainable exhaustion, with more telling factors such as brittle nails, hair loss, loss of muscle mass and inability to build muscles. Experts also advise that when you want to gain muscle mass through working out, increasing your protein intake would be helpful in achieving your fitness goals.
There are two protein sources that you can choose from: animal-based protein and plant-based protein. Of course, as their names suggest, one is from animals and the other is from plants. There is a huge controversy regarding which one is the ideal protein source, so it can be confusing for some people to choose which one to go for.
We are completely rooting for plant-based proteins due to its health benefits. We wish we could say the same about animal-based protein, but that’s just not the case. Animal-based protein option is the easy way out, while plant-based is the healthy way out.
Here are some facts about plant-based protein:
- It contains a high level of fiber which promotes overall health and wellness. Most people complain of experiencing digestion problems and bowel issues when they go on for days with only meat. Plant-based proteins offer you the chance to clean your body, promote digestion and increased metabolism at the same time you’re fulfilling your protein needs.
- It repairs the body’s cells more readily compared with animal-based proteins.
- It comes with vitamins and minerals – definitely the whole package!
- It contains good fats, which is good for the heart. If you know how many people suffer from cardiovascular diseases (27.6 million in the US alone) you would dump animal-based proteins without second thoughts. Animal products are rich in saturated fats which clogs the circulatory system and eventually breaks it down altogether.
- It contains antioxidants which can protect you from cancer. If cancer does not alarm you, know that there were more than 14 million cases of cancer in the US back in 2013 and more than 1.5 million new cases add to that each year.
You might be contemplating about your protein source right now. Is it the right choice?
We don’t believe in risking our lives for our protein. Why would you risk your life when there is a safer and healthier source that can also give you all the protein that you need?