Vegetable proteins: why are they useful? (Part 1)

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Today’s main culinary trend focuses on plant-based nutrition. Within this, it promotes the primacy of plant proteins over animal-derived proteins. Here are 7 reasons why we should reduce the consumption of one of the main sources of animal protein, meat, and replace it with plant-derived proteins. Without falling into the traps that await new followers of a diet rich in cereals, legumes and other seeds…

Once the pledge of strength and “nutrition” was the abundant consumption of meat, today this position is less popular… Although there is still a view among the 50-60 age group to eat meat at almost every meal, young people are increasingly finding themselves flexible (casual carnivores) and even vegetarian. Thus, in many places, the consumption of various meats is declining, while that of foods that are a source of plant protein is gradually increasing. According to the trend recommendation, we should consume no more than 500 g of meat per week (excluding poultry) and eat as many vegetable-derived “meat substitutes” or e.g. legumes added.

Food manufacturers are feeling the tide and offering more and more “vegetable versions,” which could even be steaks. The right balance, according to nutritionists, would be a 1/1 ratio between animal protein and plant protein, but we are still at 2/1 right now. Therefore, we should include more vegetarian menus in our diet. To get you started, we review the various benefits and the mistakes to avoid.


They regulate intestinal transit

According to some surveys, we consume an average of 18 g of fiber per day, while the recommended amount would be 25 to 38 g. But since fiber is contained only in plants, we can increase our fiber intake by consuming more plant proteins (cereals, legumes, oilseeds, etc.). These have two main benefits: they facilitate the proper functioning of intestinal transit, and they satisfy for a long time, but they also facilitate the passage of feces. Fiber also plays a role in lowering cholesterol and blood sugar.

They feed the intestinal microbiota

The good bacteria found in the gut microbiota (gut flora) are fed by the fibers. An diet that is too rich in animal protein (meat, eggs, fish és) and poor in plant-based nutrients can lead to an imbalance. In fact, the gut microbiota is involved in digestion, protection against unwanted molecules, and good functioning of the immune system. It has also recently been discovered that the microbiota communicates with the brain through hormones, neurotransmitters, metabolites (metabolites). Therefore, we must ensure that the intestinal bacteria are properly nourished!


They reduce the risk of cancer

According to an international study by cancer researchers, consuming more than 100 g of meat per day and including more than 50 g of meat products / cold cuts per day in the diet may increase the risk of colon cancer. High levels of the prooxidant microelement (hemin iron) and anti-inflammatory omega-6 in meat are harmful to the microbiota and intestinal mucosa. Cooking and cooking meat at high temperatures is also a source of toxic molecules. In cold cuts, nitrites (preservatives) can be converted into nitrosamines and carcinogens in the body. In contrast, fiber plays a protective role against colon cancer by promoting the development of good intestinal bacteria.

They make it possible to avoid acidity

It is not recommended to consume too much protein, whether animal or vegetable, because their metabolism leads to the formation of acidic compounds, which in excess disturbs the body’s acid-base balance. It also puts a strain on the liver and kidneys, which are responsible for removing these substances. Acidity can be a source of fatigue, decreased body defense and demineralization (loss of minerals) of bones.

Meat and fish also contain purine compounds that are converted to uric acid in the body. High levels of uric acid can cause pain in the joints. So if we eat more vegetables, it is important for two reasons: to avoid excessive protein intake (plants contain less protein than meat) and to get more alkalizing minerals (magnesium, potassium, calcium) into the body, which helps to reduce acidity. .

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