Plant-Based Protein: What You Need to Know
If you’re looking for an alternative to meat-based proteins, plant-based proteins may be the answer. Unlike animal proteins, plant-based proteins are derived from plants such as legumes, nuts, seeds, and grains. The benefits of plant-based protein go beyond just being a healthier option than animal-derived sources; they can also help reduce your environmental impact and provide you with a more sustainable source of nutrition. Let’s take a look at three key differences between plant and animal based proteins.
Both types of protein contain essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein), but the nutrient profile of each type varies significantly. Plant-based proteins are typically higher in fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients than animal proteins. They also tend to contain lower levels of saturated fat and cholesterol than their animal counterparts. This means that plant-based proteins are usually better for your health overall than animal proteins.
The environmental impact of each type of protein is quite different as well. Animal sources require significantly more resources to produce than plants do; this includes land use for grazing livestock or growing crops for feed, water for irrigation/drinking water for animals, and energy for production facilities. Additionally, animal agriculture is responsible for high levels of greenhouse gas emissions due to the release of methane by cows during digestion. On the other hand, plant-based agriculture requires fewer resources and emits fewer greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than animal agriculture does.
Animal protein sources rely on finite resources such as land and water while plant proteins can be grown indefinitely using sustainable methods such as crop rotation or intercropping (growing multiple crops in the same space). Additionally, some plant-based foods can even be grown without soil—for example hydroponically grown fruits or vegetables—which further reduces resource usage compared to traditional farming methods used with animal agriculture.
All in all, when it comes to choosing between plant or animal based protein sources there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration; from nutritional value to environmental impact and sustainability. Plant based proteins offer greater health benefits due to their higher nutrient profile while also having less environmental impacts due to their resource efficiency and lower emissions output compared to their animal counterparts. For those looking for a healthier alternative to traditional meat based proteins that also offers more sustainability options then turning towards a plant based diet may be the best option available!
Everyday Works carries a variety of plant protein options in store!
Here are a few options to keep in mind next time you're in :
Esti Plant Based Burger Patties
Tattooed Chef Plant Based Bacon Breakfast Bowl
Koia Protein Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake
OWYN Protein Shakes