Plant foods that pack a protein punch
Are you worried your meat-free Monday will mean a plunge in protein? Don’t be. There is an abundance of delicious plant foods that deliver a powerful protein punch.
So what exactly is protein?Protein is a macronutrient that consists of amino acids. Our body cleverly makes some amino acids itself but there are nine ‘essential’ amino acids that we need to get from the food we eat. If a food contains all nine of the ‘essential’ amino acids, like the humble soybean, it is called a complete protein.
Why do we need it?Protein has been long heralded as the post-exercise recovery must-have but the truth is that proteins play a role in almost every biological process, and their functions vary widely. Eating a diet higher in protein could play an important role in healthy weight management (CSIRO report).
How much do we need?For most people, a varied and healthy diet will provide enough protein. Having more protein doesn’t mean we store it for later — we simply excrete it.
Men up to the age of 70 are recommended to have at least 64g per day, whereas women should aim for at least 46g. Eating more plant proteins, is good for your health and the planet, especially when you’re eating them instead of meat.
Why not try these 5 sources of plant protein that really pack a punch: