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Top 10 – Animal & plant-based protein
Protein is an essential nutrient for our body. It performs various roles such as enabling muscle contraction, protecting the immune system and producing energy.
In this day and age, we are increasingly seeing a rise in new consumer habits. Veganism and vegetarianism diets have seen a boom in recent years. However, those who adopt these sorts of diets risk not consuming enough protein.
So, which foods are rich in protein? Does plant-based protein provide the same benefits as animal protein?
Why should you consume protein-rich foods?
Protein is a macronutrient. Without it your body would not be able to function properly.
It helps build and rebuild muscles, superficies (hair and nails), as well as bone matrix and skin.
Protein is particularly important for those who take part in regular sport. Not consuming enough can lead to the body drawing from muscle reserves. This generates a process referred to as muscle wasting. It is important to ensure a regular supply of protein through your diet. Muscles are used and damaged on a daily basis and therefore need to be “repaired”.
Animal protein vs plant-based protein
The main difference between animal and vegetable protein is down to the types of amino acids they contain.
Amino acids are the elements that make up protein. There are 20, 9 of which are considered essential. They must be consumed through your diet as your body is unable to naturally synthesize them.
Animal proteins contain all these amino acids in large quantities while plant-based protein does not always contain sufficient amounts. That’s why it is important to combine certain plant-based foods together in order to ensure that your body receives the optimal amino acid ratio.
For example, cereals are deficient in lysine but rich in methionine unlike vegetables, which are often rich in lysine but deficient in methionine.
At Feed. we always combine vegetable and cereals based foods in order to ensure that you receive the required amount of amino acids. The protein in our meals comes from soy, rice, peas and oats.
Top 10 foods containing plant-based protein
Top 10 foods containing animal protein
Consider diversifying your protein intake by alternating animal and vegetable source proteins to optimize your diet. Remember that a varied and balanced diet is the key to maintaining good health.