Plant protein preferable

Plant protein preferable


“Plant Protein Preferable” The dietary recommendations
of countries that rely on their health departments
to formulate them, rather than their
agriculture departments, more closely parallel the
recommendations of academics, such as Walter Willet, the chair of
Harvard’s nutrition department, who, in his
“Essentials of healthy eating: a guide,” talks about picking the best
“protein packages,” recognizing that food
is a package deal. And so, one of his top three
recommendations is we should emphasize plant sources of protein,
rather than animal sources. See, to the metabolic systems engaged
in protein production and repair, it doesn’t matter whether amino acids
come from animal or plant protein. However, protein is not
consumed in isolation. Instead, it is packaged with
a host of other nutrients— the “baggage” I refer
to in previous videos. The quality and amounts of fats,
carbohydrates, sodium, and other nutrients in the ‘‘protein package’’
may influence long-term health. For example, results from the Harvard
Nurses’ Health Study suggest that eating more protein from
beans, nuts, seeds, and the like— while cutting back on refined
carbohydrates like white flour— reduces the risk of heart disease. So, the bottom line?
Go with plants. Eating a plant-based diet is healthiest.

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