Health Benefits Of Plant-Based Nutrition
North American Precis Syndicate
Plenty of plants can provide the protein your body needs for good health. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—As people continue to look for ways to live healthier
lifestyles, the plant-based diet continues to gain momentum. A plant-based
diet describes a way of eating in which there is an emphasis on plant foods
in the form of colorful fruits and vegetables, legumes and whole grains.
Supporting Your Health with
Benefits of eating more plant foods are numerous. Plant foods are nutrient
dense, which means that they provide an abundance of nutrients relative to
their calorie cost. Fruits, veggies, beans and whole grains are terrific
sources of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients
and they’re naturally cholesterol-free. Most contribute a fair amount
of fiber, too, so they help to fill you up and keep your digestive tract
running smoothly. When you include plenty of these nutritious, filling foods
in your diet, it leaves less room in your stomach for less healthy fare.
That said, as the proportion of U.S. consumers who adhere to a vegan diet
grows, so does the desire for these people to get more protein. In fact, a
Nielsen HomeScan survey recently found that 39
percent of Americans are actively trying to eat more plant-based foods and 60
percent want to get more protein in their diets.
Identifying Sources of Plant-Based
The major sources of plant-based protein include beans, peas and lentils
but whole grains are also important. You may think of whole grains as more of
a carb than a protein and that’s true--most
grains have more carbohydrate calories than protein calories. But whole
grains contribute important essential amino acids to the diet. Most vegans
know that in order to get the full complement of essential amino acids (the
building blocks of proteins in the body), it’s important to consume
both legumes (beans, peas, lentils) and whole grains. Soy is one of the few
complete plant-based proteins, meaning it contains the nine essential amino
acids that your body cannot produce on its own.
How Much Protein Is Right For You?
Protein is important for maintaining lean body mass. Susan Bowerman, Registered Dietitian and Senior Director of
Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training at Herbalife
Nutrition says the Institute of Medicine recommends
you eat 10 to 35 percent of your total daily calories from protein.
You can estimate your protein needs based on your current body weight.
Simply, multiply your body weight by 0.7. The number you get is a reasonable
target for the amount of protein, in grams, that you should eat each day. For
instance, a woman who weighs 140 pounds should aim for about 100g of protein
a day. A 220-pound man should shoot for at least 150g of protein.
Introducing Other Plant-Based
While most plant-based diets place an emphasis on whole foods, other
plant-based foods that are derived from these whole foods can be included.
So, in addition to legumes and whole grains (brown or wild rice, oats,
quinoa, millet and the like), other sources of plant-based protein include
soy milk, soy cheese, soy yogurt, tofu, tempeh, and
protein powders made from plant sources such as soy, pea, rice, hemp, oats or
To help, Herbalife Nutrition’s Formula 1
Select and Protein Drink Mix Select are two new plant-based nutrition mixes
specially formulated with a high-quality blend of pea, quinoa and rice
proteins. Formula 1 Select is specially formulated to provide an excellent
balance of protein and other key nutrients for optimal nutrition,
is an easily digestible source of high-quality plant protein and fiber, and
contains no artificial flavors or sweeteners.
For further facts, go to www.herbalife.com.
“Plants can provide
the protein you need for good health. To help, there’s Herbalife Nutrition’s Formula 1 Select and Protein
Drink Mix Select, two new plant-based nutrition mixes specially formulated
with no artificial flavors or sweeteners. http://bit.ly/2HGKVSe”
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