28 Aug

Is plant-based protein as nutritious as animal protein?

    The key difference between animal and plant-based protein is in their amino acid profiles. Animal protein is a complete protein. The reason this is important is because animal protein offers all nine essential amino acids that our bodies require but cannot create on their own. While plant-based proteins are not in themselves complete, consuming a variety of plant-based proteins or a product containing the ingredient Profi, a complete high protein plant-based composite (HPPC) then, this is no longer of concern.

    There are also many benefits for using and consuming a diet consisting of complete plant-based versus animal protein. Here are five reasons to consider.

    1. Reduction in cholesterol and saturated fat intake. Heart disease is the second leading cause of death in Canada. Although, there are many different factors that contribute to heart disease, the good news is that high LDL cholesterol levels is one of the most common and controllable risk factors. Although, all animal products contain both cholesterol and saturated fats, plant-based proteins do not contain either one.
    2. Easier to digest. Meat protein when compared to many other foods such as plant-based proteins can be more difficult to digest. As meat protein consists of protein-dense animal muscle when compared to plant-based proteins, requires more chewing, more acid secretion by the stomach’s parietal cells, and more active enzyme secretion by the pancreas.
    3. Increase fiber intake. As adult men and women should aim for 38 grams and 25 grams respectively of total fiber daily, it can be difficult to achieve. Unlike animal proteins which don’t contain fiber, fiber can be found in plant-based foods.
    4. Reduction in fat for equivalent serving of cooked chicken. A half cup of cooked chicken has 5.21 g fat and 131 calories1 compared to one scoop of Profi Chocolate, a complete plant-based chocolate protein powder with 2.5 g fat and 110 calories mixed with one cup of water. Although, a half cup of chicken can provide 19.95 g of protein which is almost the equivalent to one scoop of Profi Chocolate protein shake at 20 g of protein, it also contains more fat per serving than Profi Chocolate protein powder. Therefore, a complete plant-based protein may be an option to consider if looking for a lower fat per serving for equivalent amount of protein.
    5. Reducing residual hormones and antibiotics. Growth hormones are approved in Canada for use in cows used for beef only and antibiotics in a variety of protein sources including beef, dairy cattle, chicken, laying hens, turkey, pork and fish.2 Although, test results showed levels are rarely found above recommended levels2, another option is to consume plant-based proteins instead if there is a concern about the use of hormones or antibiotics.

     

    If you are looking to work with an ingredient supplier who understands and has the expertise working with plant-based proteins in a variety of applications, please contact your Dealers Ingredients Sales Consultant or 905 458 7766 or info@dealersingredients.com to enquiry about application support and/or a marketing trends presentation.

    Dealers Ingredients is the creator of award-winning Profi, the complete high-protein plant-based composite (HPPC) is non-GMO, gluten-free, 100% vegan, neutral to mild sweet taste, PDCAAS/PER, Halal and Kosher certified. Dealers Ingredients also has Natralein Pea and Brown Rice Proteins which are high quality, extensively tested single source plant-based proteins available.

     

    1Source: Fatsecret. Retrieved from https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/generic/chicken-breast-ns-as-to-skin-eaten?portionid=4834&portionamount=1.000

    2Source: “Hormones and antibiotics in food production” (2017, Dec 22) EatRight Ontario. Retrieved from https://www.eatrightontario.ca/en/Articles/Farming-Food-production/Hormones-and-antibiotics-in-food-production.aspx

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