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Why Is Plant Protein Healthier Than Animal Protein?

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Only if a burger-a-day diet was healthy, that would be fantastic. Don't get me wrong: it's not awful. You've got protein, veggies on top, and even some fibre from the whole grain buns.

Unfortunately, several studies reveal that meat isn't particularly nutritious as a protein source. Plants may be a better source of the required protein. And, yeah, that link is a correlation, not a cause. Plant-based protein sources like beans are a healthier alternative to meat for a number of reasons.

The researchers aren't suggesting that you shouldn't eat a flame-grilled cheeseburger. Instead, you should consume them in moderation. 

Here's a closer look at why:

Plant protein has more nutrients and fibre than animal protein

The nutritious benefits of animal meat is well known. But here's the thing: substituting all that animal protein with a diverse diet of plant-based proteins like nuts, seeds, and beans will make you feel healthier. This is due to the fact that both foods have a comparable range of nutrients. The most noticeable differential is that most plants are unable to synthesise vitamin B12. Although B12 can be found in edible seaweed and fortified cereals, supplementing or eating animal products is the most practical way to obtain it.  

Because they have the same nutritional profile, plant-based proteins are much healthier than meat-based proteins. This is due to the fact that they pack more nutrients into fewer calories per pound. They also have fibre, which animal proteins lack completely. Fiber promotes a healthy gut microbes and has been related to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

Plant-based protein eaters have better eating habits

Even after accounting for other relevant characteristics such as socioeconomic class, weight, and exercise habits, meta-analyses that examined persons who eat animal versus plant proteins consistently indicate that those who eat plants live longer and healthier lives. 

Saturated fats are higher in meat 

Another reason steak is unhealthy is the fat that typically comes with it. Fat adds flavour to steaks and burgers, which is why they're so delicious. It does, however, have a tendency to clog your heart. When you eat plant protein, you get less saturated fat and no cholesterol. 

Saturated fats are solid at room temperature and contribute to cardiovascular disease by raising total cholesterol levels. In the long run, this could tip the balance in favour of LDL (low density lipid), which clogs arteries. Nuts and seeds, for example, contain significantly fewer saturated fats than red and other dark meats. Hence they're known as "healthy fats."

When we take a long-term view of things, it's evident that obtaining your protein from plants is the healthier alternative. Nutritionists, on the other hand, believe that food should be enjoyable. We shouldn't live our lives solely on ice cream and pizza, but if you prefer burgers, go ahead and indulge. Not every night, but on occasion. Many dieticians will tell you that the keys to a successful diet are moderation and balance.  



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