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A Beginner’s Guide to Plant-Based Protein Sources and Their Benefits

by Krystal Crawford January 20, 2019

A Beginner’s Guide to Plant-Based Protein Sources and Their Benefits

Hemp Seed

Hemp seeds contain over 25% protein, with a considerable amount of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. It’s over 80% in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and balanced source of omega-3’s and omega-6’s. The two main high-quality proteins are albumin and edestin, which are easily digested and contain nutritionally significant amounts of all essential amino acids, especially arginine. Hemp seeds are packed with B vitamins for healthy blood and energy levels, as well as loaded with beta-carotene, vitamin E, and antioxidants to fight tissue damage. 

Pea

Pea protein is a plant-based, natural protein source from yellow peas, and a safe alternative for those suffering from allergies. Its’s easy to digest, without gastrointestinal complaints due to not containing gluten or lactose. Its protein is high in Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) which are excellent for maintaining muscle mass and losing weight by helping cut out cravings. Pea protein has essential amino acids that are unable to be produced by the body but are needed for overall health. It’s recommended for those looking for a boost of pre-workout energy and post-workout muscle recovery.

Soy

Reported to be equivalent to animal protein, soy is a popular alternative to those who are lactose intolerant and seeking a non-animal source of protein added to their diet. Soy is a complete protein with a high concentration of Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs) and other reported benefits related to exercise performance and gain in lean body mass.

Brown Rice

Having high amounts of amino acids, brown rice contains all the essential amino acids needed for muscle building and recovery when combined with pea protein.

Sacha Inchi

Known as Inca peanut, sacha inchi is found to have a high and balanced amount of omega 3’s and omega 6’s. In addition, its high-protein content is a perfect addition for post-workout smoothies. It contains an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin E with cholesterol and blood pressure lowering properties

Potato

Potato protein powder is an ideal post-workout ingredient as they provide essential vitamins and minerals to help replenish energy and maintain healthy muscle tissue. In addition, potatoes contain a high amount of protein, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, and fiber.

Quinoa

Considered a complete protein, quinoa contains all the essential amino acids for normal body function. Packed with high-protein content and other nutrients to help build healthy muscle tissue.



Krystal Crawford
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