Advantages of Being a Vegetarian Alternative Sources of Protein for Vegetarian
Advantages of Being a Vegetarian Alternative Sources of Protein for The Vegetarian in a conventional diet protein is obtained from meat, fish, eggs, milk, and dairy products such as cheese. These all contain complete proteins that contain all the essential amino acids that are needed for the human body. A vegetarian diet must derive protein from other sources. (“Proteins For Vegetarians – List of Protein-rich Foods”)
Protein is found in many vegetable sources. Some of these vegetable proteins are complete in that they contain all the essential amino acids just like animal protein. (“Advantages of Been Vegetarian – Good Reasons For … – Issuu”) Others are incomplete and must be combined to produce a complete protein that the body can use.
Most plant foods contain some protein. A vegetarian who eats a wide variety of foods will consume sufficient protein over day. (“Proteins For Vegetarians – List of Protein-rich Foods”)
Nuts and seeds are an underappreciated source of protein. “They can be added to a wide range of sweet and savory vegetarian dishes.” (“Alternative Sources of Protein for the Vegetarian – My Blog”)
“Soya beans are a source of complete protein and for that reason soya products are an important part of a vegetarian diet.” (“Proteins For Vegetarians – List of Protein-rich Foods”) Commercially manufactured soya-based meat substitutes are now widely available in supermarkets. They come in a variety of forms and are often made into pies, burgers, sausages, and other ready prepared products that offer busy vegetarian convenience food.
“Soya milk can be found in most chiller cabinets next to the cows’ milk.” (“Proteins For Vegetarians – List of Protein-rich Foods”) You will also find soya yoghurts and soya cheeses. A more traditional soya product is tofu which has long been used in Chinese cooking. (“Advantages of Been Vegetarian – Good Reasons For … – Issuu”)
Another meat substitute is mycoprotein which is made from a variety of fungus. Like soya protein it is sold in various forms that can be used in a range of recipes. You will also find it in ready-made products often sold under the brand name “Quorn.” (“Advantages of Been Vegetarian – Good Reasons For … – Issuu”)
Beans, peas, and lentils, known collectively as pulse, make up one of the major sources of protein for a vegetarian. They are incomplete proteins and must be combined with other incomplete proteins, such as grains, or complete proteins, such as eggs or milk, to make a complete protein food. Usually this is done in one dish such as beans and rice or beans on toast, but this is not always necessary as the body can store protein and combine it later. (“Proteins For Vegetarians – List of Protein-rich Foods”)
Three Health Advantages of a Vegetarian Diet
A vegetarian diet offers several health advantages when compared to the typical diet that is eaten by many people in the rich industrial countries. The healthy character of a vegetarian diet derives from the fact that it is rich in fruit and vegetables, contains copious amounts of fiber and is low in animal fat. (“Great Benefits of Adopting a Vegetarian Diet”)
In recent years, the problems of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, the degenerative diseases of old age and cancers have been on the increase. “Provided it is well planned, a vegetarian diet addresses all the modern health problems.” (“Great Benefits of Adopting a Vegetarian Diet”)
It is possible to become obese on a vegetarian diet, but an overweight vegetarian is a rarity. A vegetarian diet is likely to include many slow-release carbohydrates, such as brown rice, whole meal bread and root vegetables, which raise the body’s blood sugar level slowly. (“Advantages of Been Vegetarian – Good Reasons For … – Issuu”) This has major implications for both obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Much of the fat in a vegetarian diet is derived from nuts and seeds which contain essential fatty acids known as omega 3, 6 and 9. These essential fatty acids do not raise cholesterol levels and so benefit the heart. “They play a vital role in the brain and help to maintain the suppleness of joints, as well as ensuring good skin and hair.” (“Great Benefits of Adopting a Vegetarian Diet”)
Soya products make up a vital component of a vegetarian diet. “Studies show that soya actively reduced the body’s cholesterol levels and so contributes to heart health.” (“Benefits Of Being a Vegetarian: Three Health Advantages Of …”)
One of the key health advantages of a vegetarian diet is its high fiber content. (“Pineapple 2 slim”) Fruit, vegetables, and whole grains all contain fiber. Fiber is essential to maintain the health of the colon and bowels. Studies have shown that a high fiber diet is linked to a low incidence of pre-cancerous growths in the colon.
The fruit and vegetables that a vegetarian consumes contain important antioxidants which combat the free radicals that can cause cancer.
Best Wishes, Coyalita
Behavioral Health Rehabilitative Specialist
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