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Nutritional Quality of Plant 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 MIN. READ
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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.

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The Benefits of Immune-Supporting Nutrition

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Your immune system works around the clock to keep you healthy and to support recovery when illnesses strike, but it can't succeed on its own. The immune system requires key nutrients to build protective antibodies, proteins and enzymes to keep your immune system functioning. 

According to nutritional immunologists, the best way to get these key nutrients is from immune-supporting foods as part of a balanced diet. But what nutrients does your immune system need most? And how do they help you stay healthy? First things first, let's dive into the science of nutrition and its role in the immune system.  

Energy-Boosting Foods and Energy-Sustaining Foods

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When struggling to stay alert, a cup of coffee, energy drink or candy bar may seem like quick-fix, energy-boosting foods, but there's a little more to it.

Let's start with what energy actually means. Energy refers to both a sense of energetic alertness and the physical energy stored in calories.

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