Plant-Based Proteins And Gut Health
by Payal Shah on Sep 14, 2021
The discussion, often-turned-debate, on plant vs animal protein is something most of us has witnessed, if not participated in. The various benefits of switching to a diet proposing less processed meat consumption are well-documented.
While many agree on limiting the carbon footprint and being more considerate about the global animal condition, the real trouble comes with meeting protein requirements through an exclusive vegan and vegetarian diet. Protein is highly essential to promote growth and good health in human beings, and therefore people have valid concerns about cutting meat, the 'symbol' of protein, from their lives.
However, the factor that truly dictates people's dietary behaviour, in terms of not opting for a meatless diet, is the lack of (relevant) awareness.
Plant-based proteins can handle most, if not all, all your protein requirements and more. Apart from the protein component, a plant-based diet comprises fibres, antioxidants and polyphenols in abundance. Plant-protein clubbed with these phytonutrients generously favour one's health in general and the gut microbiota in particular. A balanced gut-microbiome facilitates proper digestion, bowel movement, strong metabolism, hormone regulation and immunity.
Intake of fatty red meat and processed food tamper with the harmony of this microbiome. The subsequent imbalance leads to a condition called 'diet-induced dysbiosis' and diseases like IBS, low immunity, GI distress and cancer cell growth and an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Recent research on plant-based diet reveals that a mere 16-week or 4-month vegan diet can have surprisingly quick yet profound changes in a person's metabolism, cholesterol levels, body weight and stress-levels. People who consume vegan and controlled vegetarian food have a higher chance of enhancing their life span. These diets have been known to prevent a third of early deaths in humans.
While it's difficult to switch to a vegan and vegetarian diet as smoothly as one would think, there are few things one can consider adopting.
- Limit and then cut off your intake of red and processed meat. Look for available lean protein alternatives.
- Incorporate diversity on your plate. Let's say, a third of your plate should have fresh vegetables with prebiotic fibres, a third should be lean proteins and lastly, opt for some complex carbs like sweet potato, beets, pulses, oats, quinoa, etc. and some healthy fats like olive, nuts and avocado.
- Enhance your awareness about plant-based proteins and different products and services catering to your needs.
PRO2FIT brings a unique solution to those who seek to adopt plant-based protein. PRO2FIT is a blend of three plant-protein: Pea Protein Isolate, Brown Rice Protein Isolate and Mung-bean Protein concentrate. The pea protein increases short-chain fatty acid that causes an increase in the gut barrier, T-cells and curbs inflammation. The methionine deficient in pea is liberally compensated by brown rice. Also, mung-bean, along with many other pulses, contain high amounts of protein. It is also rich in iron, leucine and antioxidants. This blend provides all essential amino acids required for a normal, stable, and steady human health condition.
Gut health has been a highly underrated concern. Fortunately, it is fast gaining the attention of the masses. Diversity on your plate would promote diverse microbiomes. This is the need of the hour. So go on and try Pro2fit for a healthier life.