Of the 3 macronutrients, you would agree that protein is the most famous or sought-after nutrient! Ask any average Joe, and they would know a thing or 2 about protein. Ask the folks at Max Protein, who have been a pioneer of sorts in spreading useful information about protein and providing yummy protein goodies.
Plant based protein is still a relatively new thing on the block and many might be skeptical about it! If you still think animal protein is the best way to go about protein, then learn the difference between plant protein and animal protein.
But if you are unconvinced about plant protein, do not worry. We bring to you 6 incredible and research-backed benefits of plant proteins that will make you reconsider your diet choices!
Plant Protein Benefits
1. Great for your heart
Studies find that diets that are high in plant-based proteins and foods were associated with a lower risk of heart disease and death due to heart disease. People who ate a healthy plant-based diet seemed to be protected against death due to lifestyle diseases! Animal protein, unlike plant protein, has a significant amount of saturated fats in it, which is detrimental to heart health.
2. Blood sugar control
India’s battle with diabetes is fairly well known. Prevalence figures from 2019 estimated 77 million individuals to have diabetes, and this number is set to increase by over 134 million by 2045. Diabetes is a lifestyle metabolic disorder that can be prevented and managed by diet. A new study found that primarily eating a plant-based diet can help manage blood sugar levels and prevent insulin resistance – 2 of the major drivers of diabetes management. The study also noted that this protective effect was even higher when fruits, vegetables, and plant-protein foods such as nuts, legumes, and whole grains were consumed.
3. Cho-less-sterol with plant protein
Plant-based protein foods are known to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol, and thus is one of the ways by which protection against heart disease is conferred. Plant-based proteins are cholesterol free and are low in saturated fats. They are also a good source of soluble fibre which is known to lower the levels of bad or LDL cholesterol. Another reason to ditch animal protein in lieu of plant protein.
4. Behold! Satiety
Protein is all about the package. In a study among young men, those who consumed a plant protein-based meal reportedly consumed 12% lower calories when compared to consuming an animal protein-based meal. The fibre in plant protein keeps you feeling full for longer. So you not only feel hungry often, but it is a healthy fibre that is really great for your gut.
5. Gut friendly
We all know that fibre is the food for the good kind of bugs or gut bacteria. A very interesting study noted that people who eat plant protein and plant-based diets show a different gut bacteria profile than others. The gut of the plant people, if we can call them that, has lower numbers of disease-causing bacteria and more good-for-health ones. Even you would agree, a good gut is important to overall wellness! So do yourself a favour and eat plant protein for its benefits.
6. Double whammy – protein and weight loss
A high-protein diet is known to help with weight loss! But there is more to it than just reducing numbers on the weighing scale. Numerous athletes and media personalities have shifted to plant protein powders for better performance, recovery, and weight management. Gone are the days when animal protein was the be-all and end-all for protein needs.
We hope you are convinced of the merits of plant protein. But plant protein powders needn’t taste like sand any more. Try out Max Protein’s new range of plant protein powders in 7 super yummy flavours such as Belgian dark chocolate, alphonso mango, cold coffee, and creamy vanilla just to name a few! It has added probiotics and an enzyme blend, which makes it easy to digest! So just scoop, shake and drink your way to health.