Protein rich plant based foods
Beans: Chickpeas, Black beans, Soy beans, Lima beans
Nuts: Almond, Cashew, Peanut butter
Seeds: Chia, Sesame, Flax, Pumpkin, Mustard, Sunflower
Lentils: Pigeon pea (tuar), Mung beans (Moong), Black gram (kaali dal)
Not only are these foods good sources of proteins, but their nutritional composition is also much superior to meat products.
Saturated vs unsaturated fats (linked to heart diseases, diabetes & cancer)
Not all fats are the same. While bad fats (saturated & trans fats) lead to an increase in bad cholesterol levels (LDL) that clog our arteries, good fats (unsaturated fats) increase good cholesterol levels (HDL) that help dispose of excess cholesterol in the blood. Saturated fats also act an insulin inhibitors and are one of the prime causes of Type II diabetes. Meat products contain high levels of saturated (or bad) fats, compared to the unsaturated fats present in plant based sources of calcium.
Cholesterol (linked to heart diseases)
External consumption of cholesterol leads to an excess build-up of cholesterol in our blood streams, clogging our arteries. While animal products contain cholesterol, cholesterol is absent in all plant based foods.
Dietary fibre (helps prevent heart diseases, diabetes and cancers)
Dietary fibre has significant health benefits including normalising bowel movements, lowering cholesterol levels, helping control blood sugar and preventing the growth of cancer cells. While plant based foods are good sources of dietary fibre, fibre is absent in all animal products.
Apart from being good sources of protein, greens, beans, nuts and seeds also contain higher levels of calcium than meat products. In fact, a number of these plant based foods, contain a calcium content that is higher than milk.
Plant based protein food sources also have a nutrition composition of vitamins, minerals and other anti-oxidants that have important health benefits and aid in preventing/controlling heart diseases, cancers, diabetes, kidney diseases and our weight.