What You Should Know About Plant-Based Proteins

Nutritional Quality of Plant Proteins

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Plant-based diets play an important role in health and physical function, but how do they compare to animal proteins?

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APR. 16, 2021   1 MINUTE READ

Plant protein-based diets are becoming increasingly popular around the world, and there are lots of good reasons why. Research links diets that are largely plant-based to several health benefits, including a lower risk of type 2 diabetescardiovascular disease and premature death. While more research is needed, a 2019 review in Translational Psychiatry suggests that plant-based diets may also improve cognitive health.

While plant proteins play an important role in health and physical function, how do they compare to the nutrient density of animal proteins? 

In this 30-minute podcast, from Abbott Nutrition Health InstituteSteven Hertzler, PhD, RD, LD, and Courtney Allgeier, MS, RD, LD, discuss their article published in the December 2020 issue of Nutrients, titled “Plant Proteins: Assessing Their Nutritional Quality & Effects on Health & Physical Function,” where they consider the merits, risks and safety issues of increasing plant protein intake.


Debunking Protein Myths for Better Nutrition

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Key Takeaways

• Protein is an essential nutrient needed for nearly every function in the body.
• Your protein needs may increase with age, activity level and illness, and during weight loss.
• Eating high-quality protein at meals and snacks can help make sure you get the recommended amount.

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Is a High-Protein Diet Good for Weight Loss?

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Key Takeaways

• Protein is an essential part of a healthy diet.
• Getting adequate protein can help with muscle loss associated with intentional weight loss.
• High-quality, high-protein foods can help you meet your protein needs.

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