You’ve probably heard the term veganism by now.
And I’m sure you’re interested in all the amazing benefits everyone at your work has been mentioning.
But is it true?
What do you gain by going vegan and consuming plant based protein?
How does it compare to animal based protein?
Let’s find out!
Plant based proteins are significantly lower in calories compared to animal based sources of protein.
This makes a vegan diet great for those who wish to lose weight.
But be careful, just because you’re vegan doesn’t automatically make you healthier and doesn’t mean you can just eat whatever you want and get away with it.
It’s important to eat whole based organic foods that come straight from the earth.
There are a lot of new companies out there producing substitute or fake meats that taste and resemble real meat!
While I’m all for plant based “meat” there are a few drawbacks.
Fake meat is high in salt, oil, and calories, and isn’t the healthiest option no matter who you are.
The less processing and manufacturing your food takes to your plate the better. That’s why it’s always healthiest to eat vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruits. Pull them straight from the ground or tree and you’re ready to eat!
High In Fiber
One of the essential nutrients that today’s American diet seems to be lacking in fiber.
Luckily for us vegans, fiber is found in high quantities in vegetables, oats, and fruit!
Fiber is essential for your digestive tract and can regulate your bowel movements (ability to go to the bathroom).
Fiber is also very important for your heart and your overall health. More fiber leads to a decrease in blood pressure and prevents heart disease, bowel cancer, and diabetes.
Fiber has also been shown to increase your life expectancy, having you live a longer and better quality of life.
But how do you know if you’re low on fiber?
Here are a few signs
- You’re often constipated or have trouble using the bathroom
- Loads of energy followed by a crash
- Not satisfied after eating a meal (still hungry)
- Weight gain
- You have high cholesterol and/or blood pressure
An easy way to fix a lack of fiber in your diet is simply by eating foods like
- Brussel Sprouts
- Other Vegetables And Fruit
Builds Muscle Just As Well
Everybody seems to be an expert nutritionist when it comes to veganism.
“You won’t be able to build muscle!”
“You’ll be protein deficient!”
“So where do you get your protein from?”
These are the most common things I here as soon as I explain to someone my plant based diet.
Truth is, you can build muscle just as well or even better on a plant based diet.
There are a ton of high protein vegan foods such as
- Nuts and Seeds
- And so much more!
While many people may argue plant based proteins are not ‘complete’ this is simply not the case.
In fact, combining different types of plant protein from many different sources has been shown to have some amazing effects.
I’ve noticed faster workout recovery, less bloating, increased strength and muscle, and I’m able to eat more filling meals.
Don’t buy into the crap that plants build muscle.
How do you think a gorilla, elephant, or hippo is so strong? They’re 100% plant based!
Why do people neglect micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals but worry about protein?
Protein is not the only thing you need in your diet!
Protein is absolutely crucial for your over health and well-being but so are the other hundreds of micronutrients.
And what’s the best way to get a load of micronutrients and protein at the same time?
Plant based proteins such as kale, spinach, swiss chard, and others contain high amounts of micronutrients necessary for survival.
Manganese is a mineral found in dark leafy greens which is crucial for bone development, bone health, and repairing injured bones.
Kale is also abundant in Vitamin K
There are many other plant based superfoods that are loaded with vitamins and minerals and are extremely nutrient dense.
Here’s just a few:
- Goji Berries
- Chia Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Maca Root
These nutrient dense foods are extremely beneficial to our health in ways we can’t imagine.
Not only do they offer a substantial amount of protein, but they help prevent and fight cancer cells, lower our risk of cardiovascular disease, help increase libido, mood, energy, and so much more!
There are endless possibilities and benefits we can obtain from these plant based proteins!
Less Environmental Impact
Aside from the impact on our health, plant based protein also has amazing effects on nature and our planet!
Due to the incredible energy, water, and resources in order to create animal based protein, plant based protein has become ever more popular among people today and is constantly growing in interest.
In order to raise animals to end up on your dinner plate, you need an incredible amount of water, grain, and gas to grow those animals from birth to a size in which they have enough meat.
Think about all the water and grain that the 60 billion land animals slaughtered each year need to consume.
If we invest more into plant based protein, that water, grain, and food supply can be used to treat world hunger and aid those in need instead of using it to promote the cruel and heartless meat industry.
If you’re already vegan, chances you are you know how disgusting the process is in order to make meat.
Animals are raised on factory farms from the first day they’re born.
From then on out, it’s a nightmare.
Dark, polluted, and dirty warehouses with little to no sunlight.
Confined among tens of thousands of their own species. This is the reality for pigs, chickens, ducks, and many other animals who are raised for food on factory farms.
Terms like “free range” are just used as marketing tools to claim these animals don’t live in cages. While this is true, most of these “free range” animals are still confined in warehouses where they can barely move due to overcrowding.
They are beaten, tortured by workers and eventually shipped off to their horrible fate – being stabbed in the neck so that they bleed out, just so they can be processed for the meat on their body.
The worst part is these animals know what’s coming, and there is nothing they can do about it.
But you can.
Choose a 100% plant based diet and you can make a permanent difference for both you, the world, and the animals.
What Are The Best Plant Based Protein Sources?
There are a million different sources of plant based proteins out there.
Don’t let people fool you into thinking plants are insufficient in protein, that’s just not the case.
Below I have a list of plant based proteins that have a very high volume to protein ratio.
Some of these sources have an even higher ratio than animal based proteins.
My personal favorite sources are:
Tofu – 40-60 grams of protein per block
Pumpkin Seeds – 9 grams of protein per ¼ cup
Hemp Seeds – 10 grams of protein per 3 tablespoons
Chia Seeds – 5-10 grams of protein per 3 tablespoons
Seitan – 75 grams of protein per 100g serving
Steel Cut Oats – 10 grams of protein per ½ cup
Lentils – 20 grams of protein per cup
Quinoa – 8 grams per cup
Couscous – 8 grams per cup
Hulled Barley – 20 grams of protein per cup