Protein is inarguably one of the most important macronutrients. It is the "building block of life", as we learned biology. We owe proteins for our skin, muscles, enzymes, oxygen transport, cell communication...the list goes on. We know we need it, but what type of protein should we be eating?
Why people choose plant protein. Taking on this question from a purely nutritional perspective, some research suggests that certain types of meat may cause a higher probability of negative health effects including heart disease, diabetes and stroke versus a plant diet. The same research showed that those in the above study who consumed more plant protein weighed less, which reduces health issues related to obesity.
What are the safest meats? Studies have shown that diets that substitute fish, poultry and low-fat dairy for red meat significantly reduces the likelihood of heart disease. In fact, one such study showed that males consuming 1 or more serving of fish per week decreased their probability of heart disease by 15%.
What about the protein itself? Not all protein is created equal. The importance of protein when it is digested by the body comes down to amino acids, which are used in different combinations as our body's construction material. Several amino acids cannot be produced by the body and thus are named the "essential amino acids". These guys must be consumed. Meat & eggs, for example ARE complete. The knock on plant proteins is that many are not "complete"; i.e. they do not contain all of the essential amino acids. Here is a list of complete plant proteins such as quinoa, buckwheat and soy. Also among them is Sacha Inchi, a super seed native to Peru that SuperEats uses in our products.
Keep it lean. Try to avoid sources of protein that have high saturated fat content (bad for the heart!). Keep in mind that the average 2,000 calorie diet recommended daily intake is 50g of protein and 65g of fat, however much of what you eat will have fat while not everything will have protein. Steak has 62g of protein, but also 48g of fat with 21g of that being saturated. 1 cup of chicken has 38g of protein but only 5g of saturated fat. Salmon is similar.
If you're looking for a protein snack, check out our puffs & chips, which have as much or more protein per ounce than chicken, beef, salmon, an egg and greek yogurt!