Around the world, many people are turning to plant-based food in order to make more sustainable lifestyle choices, which benefit their health, too.
According to Shikha Dwivedi — Msc. clinical nutrition and dietetics — in-house nutritionist at OZiva, plant-based proteins offer less risk of contracting any disease as compared to animal-based sources. “They are also more effective in managing blood sugar and lowering cholesterol. Moreover, plant-based sources are more impactful for people who wish to lose weight,” she says.
One of the greatest benefits of plant-based proteins, however, is that they have a “lower detrimental effect on the environment due to the lower carbon footprint”, the expert adds. These proteins are more easily broken down and digested by the body in much less time as compared to animal proteins.
What are the other health benefits?
Dwivedi explains that plant-based proteins are “endowed with a wide spectrum of essential nutrients”, such as vitamins, fibre, minerals, etc., which oversee the “all-round development of the body”.
If you are considering adding them to your everyday diet, here is a checklist for you:
* Chia seeds: These little protein bombs are packed with about 3.5 gm of protein per two tablespoon. They are also a great source of calcium, zinc, and iron.
* Quinoa: Quinoa is dubbed as the absolute protein. While most plant-based foods have lesser amounts of the nine essential amino acids, quinoa is replete with a high amount of amino acids and offers 8 gm of protein in every cup.
* Hemp seeds: Hemp seeds pack about 6.5 gm of protein per two tablespoons and can be consumed in a variety of ways as they are versatile. You can add them to salads, smoothies and vegetable bowls.
* Oats: Whole rolled oats are a wonderful source of protein and provide up to 11 gm of protein per cup. They are also a great source of carbohydrates.
* Broccoli: One of the most protein-dense vegetables, a cup of broccoli extends around 4 gm of solid protein.
* Lentils: While most beans are loaded with proteins, lentils bag the highest place with about 18 gm of protein per cup.
* Plant-based daily supplements: You can add a plant-based supplement to your daily diet along with regular meals to get the maximum benefit.