As it turns out, you can get your daily fill of protein on a plant-based diet!
For those who are new to plant-based diets, getting that daily protein fix is often something that becomes a major concern. The most common misconception when it comes to plant-based diets, is that one is at risk of not getting enough protein. Fortunately, there are a number of plant-based options that are protein-packed — and delicious, too!
Why Does the Body Need Protein?
So, why all the hoopla around protein? Why is there such an obsession over “getting enough protein”?
When you hear people refer to protein as the body’s “building block,” this is actually quite a literal analogy. Protein is an important component for the growth and repair of all cells and tissues in your body. It also plays a crucial role in major bodily functions, including blood clotting and vision. Needless to say, protein is a key aspect to consider when it comes to one’s diet, especially diets of those in their developmental stages.
It’s important to note that more is not necessarily better when it comes to protein. When your body has used up the protein it requires to function, the remainder will simply be used up as energy. When it comes to protein, getting just enough is the way to go.
What is Plant Protein?
Before delving into what plant protein is, let’s quickly discuss what protein is.
All proteins are built from chains of amino acids. Our bodies need nine particular amino acids to support protein tissues in the body, and because animal proteins contain all nine of the essential amino acids our bodies need, they’re considered as the most complete sources of protein.
Simply put, plant protein is any protein source that doesn’t come from an animal. While plant proteins may lack in one or more of the nine essential amino acids that one’s body requires, it is absolutely possible to meet…