Plant protein versus animal protein

Your entire body is made up of proteins. These proteins originate from the food you have eaten in your past. Since you have consumed only two types of foods, that is, plants and animals, the proteins in your body have also come from these two sources.

More than 60% of the proteins consumed by humans in the world are supplied by plants. If you are thinking that proteins only originate in milk and other dairy products than you need to broaden your horizon! It also comes from whole grains, cereals, and even fermented plant foods.

It is a popular notion that protein is found more in animals rather than plants. Sometimes the words eggs and meat are synonymous with protein. But, there are some sources which support plant protein including Popular Science who recently announced that plant protein is superior.

The debate goes on so we need to look at it from various perspectives.

1. Protein with fat or, Protein with fibre

Even though the protein content in meat is high, it lacks fibre, which is an important carbohydrate required for digestion. Fibre is also helpful in promoting a healthy gut microbiome. Consuming plants offers more nutrients compared to animals.

On the other hand, consuming animal proteins will include fat in your diet which, in excess, can be harmful to your body.

2. Plants are “healthier” than animals

Just passing a statement like this one is not correct. You need to make your own choices and decide what is best for you. Certainly, there are healthy people who are non-vegetarians. At the same time, there are also people who are vegetarians and smoke regularly.

There is a greater perspective here.

3. A balanced diet

Dividing plants and animals based simply on protein is not reasonable. If plants have a good percentage of nutrients, animals have a good content of fatty acids.

Where the ultimate goal is to have a balanced diet it may be best to combine animal and plant-based foods optimally to get the best of both. Perhaps rather than deciding to be completely carnivorous or herbivorous, be omnivorous. Your choice!

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How Efficient are you at Reading Nutrition Labels?

TIPS & TRICKS TO ACE THE SKILL OF READING LABELS

Healthy food choices are key to achieving a healthy lifestyle.

Reading the nutrition labels of packaged food products is one of the most important factors to help you make correct food choices for you and your family. But, with so many serving ratios and nutrient percentages mentioned on the products, you may get confused and dissuaded from any further attempts at reading them.

Another factor that makes reading labels so tiresome is the time they consume. It can be useful to do online research of these products instead of wasting your time decoding labels in the store while shopping.

There are a number of factors that you need to pay attention to most while reading nutrition labels to get optimum benefit from them.

Servings

Firstly, you need to be careful when reading the serving size mentioned on the product. You must be aware of the difference between “serving size”, “number of servings”, and “servings per container”.

The serving size you consume as per your label, measures the amount of calories and nutrients that you consume in that particular meal.

Calories

Tracking calories per serving as mentioned in the label will give you an idea about your energy consumption ratio in that specific meal. You can even go one step ahead and get an insight into the details of macronutrients consumed by you per serving. For instance, consuming 1 gram protein means that you have consumed 4 calories and similarly consuming 1 gram fat means that you have consumed 10 calories in that serving.

Good Nutrients

Look for packaged food products that are rich in fibre, Vitamin A, C, Iron, and Calcium. These are good nutrients that contain all the imperative constituents to boost your body’s immunity and strength.

Nutrients to Avoid

Last but not the least, take notice of all the nutrients in the labels that need to be avoided or at least limited in your meals. You should limit your consumption of foods that denote a high ratio of trans fat, saturated fat, processed sugar, cholesterol, and sodium.

The early you cultivate the habit of reading labels efficiently, the better your chances of making the right food choices, comparing products easily and better managing any special diet.

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