Today, our friends over at SANO are giving us the scoop on why plant-based protein is a crucial part of any diet!
First things first... What You Need to Know About Protein
Everyone knows that proteins are the building blocks of life that are important for skin, hair, muscle, cartilage, blood and bones. You might be eating enough protein in your daily diet, but are you consuming the correct kinds?
Proteins - considered long chains of amino acids - keep our metabolism running and energy levels high. Without enough diverse amino acids in your daily diet, you may become deficient in certain amino acids causing low energy, weight fluctuation, inability to gain lean muscle mass and mood swings.
Advantages of Protein
Protein consumption can cause increased satiety to a greater extent than carbohydrates or fats, so they can prevent overeating. They also prevent blood glucose spikes, which can balance energy levels and keep your appetite in check avoiding those late afternoon sweets cravings along with naturally balanced hormones. Proteins assist in warding off muscle loss that can result from a low-calorie diet, which makes certain proteins super foods for weight loss.
Not All Proteins are Created Equally
A “complete” or “whole” protein is a source of protein that contains adequate proportions of all nine amino acids that are required for human dietary needs. These essential amino acids are needed to be consumed since our bodies can’t produce them ourselves. SANO’s vegan plant-based proteins not only contain 20 grams of protein, but include a complete amino acid profile.
Whole(foods) or Bust
Because we all live on-the-go, busy lifestyles, sometimes we can’t always receive our protein sources from real food. Don’t worry, at SANO we've got you covered with our organic protein powders that are made up of clean vegan raw whole foods. Our plant-based proteins include all nine essential amino acids, are rich in fiber, contain no sugar, and are available in decadent rich vanilla and chocolate flavors.
The least expensive and most ubiquitous form of a protein supplement is whey. Whey protein derives from milk, which creates a health problem for those who have lactose intolerant allergies or intolerances. Manufactures of whey-based protein supplements often mask the powders with cheaply added preservatives, artificial sweeteners and artificial flavors. SANO’s plant-based protein powders contain only the cleanest and purest whole food protein sources with no additives or fillers.
Soy You Later
Approximately 95% of the soy that is consumed by Americans is bad for us, as it is highly processed and likely genetically modified. The issue with soy is most soy today contains something called phytoestrogens, which are estrogen mimickers in the body. If you’re a woman consuming foods that increase estrogen levels, it can increase your risk of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and other hormone imbalance-related disorders. Another criticism of late has been that soy is produced through genetic modification. Luckily, SANO’s plant-based protein is soy-free and non-GMO.
Plant-Based is the New Prescription
No magic bullet exists for losing weight and keeping a trim tummy, however there is close second and that’s protein. A diet focusing on protein—in particular plant-based sources—can be beneficial for aiding in shedding excess weight, building lean muscle and feeling fuller in between meals. Important research published suggests proteins help in the prevention of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mortality. Mindfully incorporating more plants into your diet and lifestyle can provide some pretty impressive health benefits.
In order to receive optimal weight loss results and keep that unwanted weight off, implement plant protein healthy foods into your lifestyle. Plant-based proteins have little to no fats, which mean they have fewer calories than animal proteins. By replacing high-fat meat with plant protein, not only are you advancing the nutritional composition of your diet, but calories are reduced along with saturated fats. Your lifestyle diet should include the healthy trifecta of water, fiber and protein. Diets that include healthy portions of water, fiber and proteins typically make you feel fuller faster and will typically decrease subsequent caloric intake. Proteins require more energy to metabolize and digest than fats or carbohydrates. Because proteins are digested slowly they keep you satisfied longer allowing you to cut calories.
Fibrous Foods Are More Satiating
The general recommendation for daily fiber intake is 25 to 35 grams depending on age and gender. The average American eats just half of the recommended amount of fiber each day. Fiber - which is only found in plant-based whole foods - has a laundry list of health benefits, including the key nutrient for supporting weight loss by making you feel full. Dietary soluble fiber slows the time it takes food to leave the stomach providing for a slower rate of digestion and a feeling of satiety.
Cholesterol only exists in animal-based foods, such as meat, dairy and eggs. Since only plant-based foods contain dietary fiber, that soluble fiber works to eliminate cholesterol from animal-based foods. Fiber remains important as ever in controlling weight and improving health given the elevated concerns of the Western diet all while the researchers continue to understand the biochemistry complexities with the gut microbiome and its microflora that includes several types of bacteria. Good and bad bacteria feed on foods we consume with the immune system acting as a security guard to prevent toxins and pathogens from attacking the liver or bloodstream. Additionally, fiber sits in the intestinal watch tower flushing toxins, pathogens and cholesterol through the back door.
Environment Preservation and Sustainability
Believe it or not, the food you choose to eat not only affects your health but also has an important impact on the environment too. When considering carbon emissions, pesticides, fuel, water and other resources, it’s highly evident how colossal the global footprint is animal-based protein production. The high carbon and water footprints massively contribute to the climate change, land degradation and harming of the oceans having an overall effect on our food supply. Studies have shown that nearly 20% of global emissions come from livestock, meaning a person with a diet consisting of high amounts of animal-based proteins had more than double the carbon footprint of a vegan.
Plant-based diets offer innumerable benefits not only for you by providing impressive health benefits, but also adding preservation to the environment. So instead of meat at your next meal, have fun with it and try a delicious plant-based alternative. You may be pleasantly surprised how you look and feel.