Animal protein vs plant protein

Animal protein vs plant protein

Opeyemi Asorobi

Opeyemi Asorobi

31-Aug-2020 - 1 min read

Animal protein vs plant protein

 

Tasty grilled beef in one hand and a well-cooked plate of beans on the other and you're asked to pick one. What's it going to be? The grilled beef right? But is that really the best choice to make.

 

Proteins are essential classes of food that are responsible for body build-up, repair, and general growth. 

 

There are two primary sources of protein.....Animal source and Plant source. Both sources are important for growth.  However, research shows that getting the larger chunk of your protein diet from plant sources instead of animal sources appears to reduce the overall risk of early death.


Research also shows that a plant-based diet plays a favorable role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease mortality.  The reason for this would be that meat generally tends to come with higher levels of cholesterol, saturated fat, and sodium which are not very good for your health.  However, plant proteins are loaded with fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, these are the good stuff.


The advice here is not to totally take out animal protein from your diet as animal protein do contain important substances such as heme Iron and Vit B12 that we hardly find in plant protein sources but to reduce it(animal protein) and pay more attention to the numerous benefits of plant protein intake and create a workable ratio between the two with a preference for plant protein. 

 

It's also important to know that there are various animal protein sources with different health benefits when compared with one another. For example, Fish is generally said to be healthier than red meat.  Other examples of animal protein are milk, cheese, poultry such as eggs,  chicken, turkey, quails etc


Examples of plant protein are beans, legumes, nuts, soy, avocados, lentils, peas, etc


In conclusion, choose the well-cooked plate of beans over the grilled steak more often.  Stay healthy.

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