Have you ever been curious about plant-based proteins? Have you heard some weird facts about plant-based proteins? Today we’re here to debunk four common myths about plant-based proteins.
Myth #1: It’s hard to get enough protein on a plant-based diet.
You can get enough protein on a plant-based diet. Protein doesn’t only come from animal products; it can come from legumes, soy products, nuts, seeds and grains. The key to eating plant-based is to eat a variety of protein-packed foods to ensure consuming the optimal amount of protein. Some plant-based protein sources include tofu, edamame, lentils, chickpeas, peanuts, almonds, quinoa, chia seeds, beans and dark-colored leafy green vegetables.
Myth #2: Plant-based eating is expensive.
Plant-based eating is not always expensive. It depends on what you buy. Processed versions of meat products like plant-based burgers can be costly. Whole foods such as oats, beans, rice and in-season fruits and vegetables are affordable and can be bought on a budget. Keep your eye out for in-season produce to get more bang for your buck.
Myth #3: Plant-based diets cause iron deficiencies.
You don’t need meat to escape an iron deficiency. Plant-based eaters can consume enough iron through fortified breakfast cereals, leafy green vegetables, dried beans, whole grains, and dried fruit. It’s important to remember that foods high in vitamin C can help your body use iron, so consuming these foods together increases iron usage in the body. Try eating fortified cereal with an orange for breakfast.
Myth #4: Plant-based proteins are inferior to animal proteins.
Protein is protein. If the body is getting all nine essential amino acids from the diet, it doesn’t matter the source of the protein for the body to function correctly. All protein has the same muscle-building potential, whether the protein comes from poultry or legumes.
Have you ever thought about adding plant-based proteins to your diet? I bet you’re already eating some and didn’t even know it. Try some simple swaps like adding quinoa to your salads or eating pasta made from lentils.