Compare And Contrast Animal Protein And Plant Protein

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Plant Vs. Animal Protein About 20% of the human body is made up of protein. Because your body doesn’t store protein, it’s important to get enough from your diet each day. When eaten, protein is broken down into amino acids. Proteins and amino acids are used for almost every metabolic process in the body, and are the building blocks for every tissue in your body. Animal proteins tend to contain a good balance of all the amino acids that we need, some plant proteins are low in certain amino acids. For example, some key plant proteins are often low in methionine, tryptophan, lycine and isoleucine. Animal Proteins Are Complete, But Plant Proteins Are Not In total, there are around 20 amino acids that the human body uses to build proteins. These …show more content…

On the contrary, plant protein sources, such as beans, lentils and nuts are considered to be incomplete, as they lack one or more of the essential amino acids that your body needs (1). Benefits of Plant Protein Diets high in plant protein, such as the vegetarian diet, are linked with many health benefits. Studies suggest vegetarians tend to have a lower body weight, lower cholesterol, lower risk of diabetes, lower blood pressure levels. (21) (18) They also have a lower risk of stroke, cancer and death from heart disease than non-vegetarians (15) (16). Let 's take a look at one common protein source for vegetarians. Beans and lentils are another common source of plant based protein, but they are more of a carbohydrate than a protein source, so they are included in the carbohydrate section. …show more content…

Almonds were only available from August to November, and things like pumpkin seeds are variable when pumpkins are ripe - in the fall. (source). This is important, because while modern society has the availability of eating them year round, the oils in nuts and seeds are particularly sensitive to light and heat. Nuts are exposed to a lot of both of these in order to store them. Like grains and beans, nuts and seeds contain anti-nutrients including enzyme inhibitors, phytic acid, and lectin. Nuts are not typically cooked, and shouldn 't be, because of how sensitive they are to light and heat. There’s a reason most nuts are naturally found with hard, dark shells. The shells protect the naturally occurring fats inside. Buying nuts from bulk bins that have been sitting in harsh light, may rancidify the healthy fats inside the nuts. Nuts and seeds are high in omega-6 fatty acids. When consumed more often than animal based Omega 3 's, it can impair the body’s ability to anti-inflame. Inflammation is the source of many diseases including heart disease, depression, and cancer. These omega 6 's are what make nuts and seed particularly sensitive to heat and light. Correlation Does Not Imply

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