With dietary restrictions and dietary preferences becoming increasingly more common, many new health and wellness products have been developed to address consumer need. Among those products are plant-based protein products that can be used to supplement, or replace other foods. Plant-based proteins are used in dieting to replace the need to eat meats for protein. Additionally, plant-based protein products can be used to replace products that people with dietary restrictions were once unable to consume. Today, the FarmMed Market, your source for health and wellness products and health supplements online will be discussing some of the basic things that you should know about plant-based proteins.
Plant-Based Proteins Vs. Other Protein Sources
All protein is the same, right? Not really. The human body actually digests plant-based proteins much slower than it does with the proteins that the body receives from meats. While it may seem like a bargain to eat a steak and make off with some easily digestible proteins, meat is essentially a protein “gift basket” of saturated fats, cholesterol, added hormones, and antibiotics. By supplementing plant-based proteins into your diet, or switching over to them entirely, you might be doing yourself a favor.
While some might argue that plant-based proteins, while not having additives, don't provide any incentive other than their proteins, utilizing plant-based products in an excellent way to incorporate antioxidants, fiber, minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals into your diet.
All of that being said, everyone has a different body type, and because of that, it is important to consider the nutrients that both protein types offer and find a balance in your biofeedback that is healthy.
Excellent Plant-Based Protein Sources
Below, we have provided a couple of our favorite sources of plant-based proteins that you should try to incorporate into your diet if you are wanting to try a plant-based diet.
Hemp seeds are an amazing resource for the new plant-based dieter that is looking for an easy and effective protein fix. Sporting nine grams of protein and an impressive amino acid profile hemp seeds can be a great snack or additive to your next protein smoothie.
Considered an ancient grain, this healthy side dish provides eight grams of protein a serving. One of our favorite ways to consume this plant-based protein is to eat it mixed into a spicy vegetable stir-fry. Not only is it a filling food, it is incredibly easy to prepare.
Spirulina is an algae, either blue or green, that contains approximately 8 gm of protein per 2 tablespoons. It is also rich in nutrients, such as iron, B vitamins — although not vitamin B-12 — and manganese. Powdered Spirulina makes a healthy addition to any fruit or veggie smoothie.
Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the Salvia Hispanica plant which is native to South America. They are a concentrated food containing protein, healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. Chia seeds can be sprinkled on yogurt or oatmeal to add a healthy crunch to your breakfast.
Health Supplements Online
While we could easily list more of our favorite sources of plant-based proteins, we know that you have access to the internet so we thought we would tell you about something that you are less likely to search. Here at the FarmMed Market, we offer a number of health supplements online that are manufactured using pure plant-based protein. Additionally, we sell some of the plants themselves.