Pumpkin seed protein: a rich, clean and delicious source of plant-based protein
Many of today’s consumers are choosing to eliminate meat from their diet. Whether motivated for health reasons or by ethical or environmental concerns, one of the great challenges for these people is how to source adequate nutrition – especially protein.
Ready access to protein is widely perceived to be one of the primary benefits of consuming meat. However, few people are aware that plant-based protein offers health benefits that animal meat cannot provide.
The truth is, we require 42 nutrients for optimal health. Our clever bodies are sometimes able to make what we need from the food we eat. Some things cannot be made and must be consumed directly from food. There are nine essential amino acids that must be consumed from food.
Unfortunately, animal protein has some distinct drawbacks, including like saturated fat, cholesterol, added hormones and antibiotics. Meat-based diets are also typically much higher in compounds that contribute to cardiovascular disease, and may contain additional hormones and antibiotics, bacteria, parasites and carcinogens. Yummy.
“Some plant-based foods have all amino acids (quinoa, buckwheat, soy, chia and hempseed) while others have a mix of some and not others. As long as foods like legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits and vegetables are consumed daily, you’re getting everything you need and more”. (http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/explain-like-im-five-why-is-plant-protein-better-than-animal-protein/)
Pumpkin seeds have been shown to be one of the richest sources of plant-based protein (see Nutritional Value of Pumpkin Seeds >). A quarter cup of pumpkin seeds provides a quarter of your daily protein needs! Of particular interest is Pumpkin Seed Flour, which can be used in a variety of interesting ways to add protein to the diet (Recipes >).
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