The plant-based protein guide you need in your life


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Grains, legumes and greens on a table

Whether you just want to cut back on your meat intake or you’re going full-on vegetarian or vegan and in search of a plant-based diet, you don’t need to resign yourself to eating tofu for every meal. There are a surprising number of plant-based proteins that have the potential to offer you all the nutrition and variety you crave. In fact, you may not even miss meat at all!

The health benefits of a plant-based diet

We’ve been hearing about the havoc eating too much red meat can wreak on your cholesterol levels and waistline for years.

Not to mention the hormones (which the Food and Drug Administration admit to here) and antibiotics prevalent in the meat industry. Eating meat has also been associated with a higher risk for cancer and Alzheimer’s as well as a shorter lifespan.

While a  2016 Harvard study found that, “Substitution of plant protein for animal protein, especially that from processed red meat, was associated with lower mortality, suggesting the importance of protein source.” 

On the other hand, a plant-based diet is high in fiber and lower in cholesterol and saturated fats. That’s a recipe for heart health, lower blood pressure and overall longevity. It’s also a great way to lose weight without giving up food altogether. Remember when Beyoncé wowed the world with the impressive results of her vegan diet?

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Vanessa Binder
Vanessa Binder

Vanessa Binder is a freelance writer, editor and dog lover. She has been writing about health, wellness, style and beauty for online publications including Mamiverse and Las Fabulosas since 2011. She lives in Virginia with her canine companion, Fern, who is a fan of food, fun, friends and alliteration.