Proteins are fundamental structural and functional elements within every cell in the body and they’re involved in a wide range a metabolic interactions. All cells and tissues contain protein and it’s a key nutrient in our diet and it provides amino acids which are building blocks that we can’t make ourselves, so they’re needed for growth development and repair the body. The body however does not store protein and it can’t be produced internally so it’s important that we consume protein every day. Proteins are an important building block for bones, muscles, skin, hair and nails. Protein is the second most abundant compound in the body after water.
Why Plant Protein?
Some protein sources do contain a higher amount of calories than others; it’s worth knowing which ones to choose. Protein that comes from animal products such as meat, dairy and eggs provide all eight essential amino acids that the body needs, but they come with a higher-calorie, fat and cholesterol count than other sources. Eating these food-groups in moderation is great, but there is also the option of plant based protein to choose from that are just as beneficial.
Plant proteins are:
1. Low in saturated fat – High levels of saturated fat in the blood raise cholesterol and contribute to clogged arteries.
2. Alkaline-forming. – Feeding the body with acidic animal proteins strip the bones of minerals as the body finds internal sources to maintain an alkaline ph. The typical North American and European diet is acid-forming (meat, bread etc…) which is not helpful in maintain your body’s naturally alkaline pH.
3. Easy to digest – Plant-based foods are easy for your body to digest. They contain fibre, which is crucial to proper digestion. Less time spent on digestion means more energy to use throughout your day.
Herbalife Protein drink mix( PDM) is a tasty way to help you increase your intake of plant protein. It can be used in two ways either as a high protein snack drink or add it to your favourite Formula 1 shake to give you a nice thick rich and creamy shake. Mixes with water, saving a trip to the shops for milk! PDM or lentils for breakfast?!
For other sources of plant protein, take a look at this facebook page.
Get a personalised programme including your protein factor from your Herbalife Level 10 Coach. Aim to get a min of 15 g of protein per meal, this is personalised to someones height and weight and level of activity.