Plant protein

Protein is the foundation of every cell in the human body, from hairs to nails, from digestion to immunity; everything requires protein. It is also integral to build muscles, to repair tissue and cells and to produce enzymes and hormones in the body. So, it becomes vital to take your daily dose of protein (0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight) as the body does not store it in the way it stores carbohydrates and fats.

Plant protein:

Plant protein is food sources of protein which we get from plants. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. There are 20 amino acids in total, out of which our body creates only 11 and the remaining 9 are known as essential amino acids and it comes from diet only. A complete protein is one that has all 9 essential amino acids and there are several plant proteins that have all of them like: quinoa, hemp and soy. Plant proteins are also low in calories as compared to animal protein, but high in fiber and other essential nutrients.

Sources of Plant Protein:

  • Almonds       15 grams/100grams
  • Peanuts               80 grams/100grams
  • Cashew              22 grams/100grams
  • Hazelnut               95 grams/100 grams
  • Melon seeds 10grams/one ounce
  • Sunflower seeds 8gram/one ounce
  • Pumpkin seeds 12 grams/one cup
  • Chickpea  7 grams/one cup cooked
  • Kidney beans 4 7 grams/one cup cooked