High Protein Alternatives To Meat

At times, the high protein content of animal meat is cited to justify inclusion of meat in common man’s diet. While it is true that meat offers a very rich option of nutritional protein, it is neither the only viable source of protein in diet, nor the best one. In fact, there are millions of humans who survive without ever tasting it in their whole life.
High Protein Alternatives to Meat
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Vegetarianism is considered as giving up high protein content of meat. Most people considering vegetarianism as an option, wonder whether it is possible to compensate for such nutritional loss by supplementing it with other high protein substitutes. A look at some commonly available options suggests that it could be possible for one to become a vegetarian without suffering from nutritional protein deficiency. Join us in exploring the dietary world of proteins.

 

Alternatives to Meat: Look at Vegetarian Diets

Meat is considered the primary source of protein in nutrition, and so it is, but there are many other alternatives to it just in

case you decide to give it a break. One way of finding these sources is to have a look at those who practice vegetarianism. The largest chunk of such people can be found in India, where a substantial size of population remains vegetarian throughout their life. Another way of finding these alternatives is to have a look at the native eating habits of different cultures.

Egg & Milk: The Best Nutritional Proteins

To begin with, the simplest alternatives consist of animal protein itself. Egg is not only a very rich source of protein, it also offers the best quality of protein from the nutritional point of view.

The next in line is milk, which contains high quality protein that can take care of the growing calf as well as human needs. In fact, milk is almost like a complete food. Some milk products like cheese are very high in protein content and so are other milk products that allow proteins to be retained. Many such traditional sweets and delicacies are prepared through the globe with high protein content.

Soy: The Wonder Bean

The next is a wonder plant called soybean. Its beans are a major source of protein, but that is not the only way in which it is edible. In the whole of East and South-East Asia, an unavoidable part of the menu consists of preparations made from 'Tofu' - product of soybean. Indeed, soybean and tofu have been a very important ingredient in the diet of people in these countries, and this easily available rich source of protein has played an important role in their history and civilization.

Soya milk has also found its place in diet now, and is another great source of protein, particularly for those who do not

prefer milk for some reason.

Indian Pulses: Mainstay of Vegetarianism

There is whole world of beans (other than soybean) which are a staple diet for most vegetarians in India, and used in different ways around the world. In India, vegetarian people can sustain without even tasting a non-vegetarian food (many do not even eat egg) once in their life, primarily because their nutritional needs are taken care of by these beans cooked in a form of soup-paste called 'dal' or 'sambhar', without which their lunch or dinner is considered incomplete. There are many varieties of beans belonging to this category, with different tastes and protein content.

Another good source of protein are green peas, which are very common part of food around the world, especially in the vegetarian cuisine.

Nuts: Peanut, Cashew nut & Almonds

Peanut is another very cheap and rich source of proteins, that even poor people can afford throughout the world. All other nuts, including cashew nuts and almonds are very rich in proteins and can ensure proper protein intake.

Other options

Among other options wheat germ is a notable as it provides proteins in addition to other nutritional ingredients. Among other grains, quinoa, which is common in South America is another interesting option, which offers the advantage of having almost full range of essential amino acids, and can thereby serve as a complete protein. Lastly, there are protein rich supplements prepared for patients recovering from illnesses that can also be an option for someone looking to replace meat with vegetarian food.

Among the new sources, green algae hold the greatest promise. It has been employed as a source medicational supplement, but many hope that one day it would serve to cater for the nutritional needs of humanity in an unprecedented way.

Thus, one can see, meat is not the only practical source of nutritional protein. In other words, if you want to give it a break, you have a healthy option available.


Vegetarian diets can also be rich enough in protein.


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