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The Health Benefits of Plant Protein

By Sara Butler

Have you heard about the new "Impossible Burger"? It's a burger that is supposed to taste exactly like meat, but it's actually made completely out of plants -- and it's quite popular. In fact, plant proteins as a whole are taking the world by storm as people realize that you can get the protein your body requires from more than steak and chicken.

If you're curious about plant proteins but don't know a lot about them, then here are a few things you need to know about the wonderful world of plant proteins and how they can help to boost your health and wellness.

Why Plant Proteins Rock

Plant proteins have a lot going for them. In fact, they're:

  • Easy to digest - Your body doesn't store the protein you eat but instead uses it each day, but it first has to be broken down. Your body has to work harder to break down animal-based proteins than it does plant-based ones. Because they're easier on your digestion, your body can more effectively absorb all the vital nutrients it needs from plant-based proteins than animal-based ones. Your gut also happens to love the fiber they contain, and you know what they say -- happy gut, happy life.
  • Better for the world - It takes a lot of resources to produce meat for you to eat. Plants require far fewer resources and are much better for the environment than meat.
  • Good for maintaining your weight - If you're working to reach a healthy body weight or you've reached it and want to maintain, then plant proteins are right up your alley. Because they're full of protein and fiber, they fill you up and leave you satisfied, so you can eat less without consuming as many calories.

Great Sources of Plant Protein

There are many sources of plant protein you can work into your diet. Some great options to consider include:

  • Lentils
  • Buckwheat
  • Tofu
  • Protein powder
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Hemp seeds
  • Chia seeds
  • Amaranth
  • Quinoa

Many of these foods are full of vitamins and minerals as well as protein and fiber, so you can't go wrong exploring ways to work them into your diet.

If you want to learn more about plant-based proteins, the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are an excellent resource. They can work with you to learn more about the foods you eat and how to incorporate more plant-based proteins into a healthy diet plan for you.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sandy, Utah.

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