Plant-Based Protein: How To Get Protein From Plants In The Garden
By: Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
Protein is an essential component to building hair, skin, muscle, and more. Vegans and others who do not consume animal meats, eggs, or milk may find it challenging to get enough protein from plants. However, plant-based protein is found in abundance in many sources.
You can grow enough protein in the garden for your whole family if you know which plants provide the most of this basic need.
Including Plants for Protein in Your Diet
You don’t have to be vegan to want to eat more plants thatprovide protein. Studies show that switching to a mostly plant-based diet canhelp save our planet in several ways. You can even consider it a fun challengeto select and grow plants for protein. Such a garden will give wonderful healthbenefits while easing global hunger and protecting rainforests.
Focusing on fruits, grains, and veggies as your main foodsource can help save acres of rainforest which are cleared for animalagriculture. Another reason to highlight protein in the garden is because itsaves money. Animal products are more expensive to buy and produce thanplant-based foods.
Such a diet has also been shown to lower risks of diabetes,cardiovascular disease, obesity, and reduces the chances of cancer. Plants thatprovide protein have all these health benefits and more.
Varieties of Plant Based Protein
Most of us know that legumespack a protein punch, but what other types of plants are high in thesenecessary amino acids? Every plant contains some protein since it is anessential building block for all life. The amount varies by plant but you canbe assured of at least some protein with every veggie or fruit you eat.
These plant-based proteins have the highest amounts per cup:
- Legumes – Huge variety such as peanuts, chickpeas, beans, lentils, and peas (10 grams)
- Nuts and Seeds – Nuts and seeds add dimension to plant-based meals (6-12 grams)
- Whole Grains – Good fiber and many other nutrients, plus they’re versatile (6-12 grams)
While these are the top three types of plants for protein,other foods also bring a lot of protein to the table. Some of these include:
- Brussels Sprouts
Accessing Protein from Plants
You can amp up your plant-based protein even more bycombining complimentary plants. Doing this in the correct way offers “complete”proteins. Most plants do not have all the amino acids we need, but by combiningthem, all the necessary needs can be present in the diet.
Eating beans with rice is a classic example of a plant-basedcomplete protein. If you combine legumes with any one of the top three proteinplants, you can be assured of a complete protein. The best way to get completeproteins daily is by eating a wide varietyof fruits, grains, and nuts.
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