Plant-based ProteinLuke Coutinho
Is your New Year resolution to try a plant-based diet? It is not too late.
We all know that there are three macronutrients, namely, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins that form every diet’s basic component.
Proteins are the building blocks of the body’s tissues, and it is required for several functions in our body. With the quality of animal protein degrading because of the rampant use of antibiotics, hormone injections and the flu scare, there is no doubt that interest and demand for vegetarian sources of protein are on the rise.
Here is a guide to know more about plant-based proteins.
What is a plant-based protein?
Plant-based protein is a source of protein that is derived from plants. This can include pulses, legumes, lentils, tofu, soya, nuts, seeds, brown rice, spirulina, peas, and so on.
How are plant-based proteins helpful for your body?
Plant protein not only provides the building blocks for healthy muscle growth and tissues; it is also important for immunity and weight management. While everyone chooses to opt for their preferred protein source, based on what suits them, plant protein tends to be lower in calories and fat than animal proteins, but higher in fiber and essential nutrients. Plant-based foods typically contain fiber, promoting good gut bacteria, smoother digestion, and better heart health.
While the factors that lead to disease are beyond food, with so many other lifestyle factors coming into play too, research shows how getting on a plant-based diet for at least a month has improved heart health, inflammation levels, gut health, cholesterol levels, and weight.
Do you need protein powder even if you do not go to a gym?
As per RDA, a normal adult requires 0.8 g to 1.0 g of protein per kg of body weight. But vegetarians, especially if they are not balancing their meals well, or have a bodily requirement (due to workouts) of more than what they put on their plate, can be taking in inadequate protein, and be deficient in this macronutrient.
PROTUFF Plant Protein is a nutrient-dense supplement fulfilling about 40% – 50% of the daily body requirements in one serving (25g of protein), while daily food sources can fulfill the rest.
How to choose the best quality plant-based protein powder?
While there are loads of options available in the market, deceptive marketing can sometimes trick you into buying something that you think looks healthy and clean, but is not really. The following points need to be considered while selecting the best plant-based protein powder:
- Check the protein sources and digestive enzymes (for better digestibility and absorption).
- Avoid sugar or any of its disguises.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners.
- Check the allergic contents like soy, dairy, and peanut.
- Avoid Pixie dusted products (i.e. ingredients added for namesake, with no therapeutic value).
- Avoid gums and thickeners.
- Do not buy near expiry products.
Why PROTUFF Plant Protein?
PROTUFF Plant Protein offers a multisource plant-based protein blend derived from European Peas and Sprouted Brown rice, a perfect cereal-pulse combination. This offers great value, because sometimes an incomplete plant protein can be made complete by the right food combination, also known as food synergy.
In this case, the cereal (brown rice) is low in amino acid lysine, though the peas (legumes) are rich in lysine, but low in tryptophan, cysteine, and methionine, which are abundant in the brown rice. So, brown rice fills in for the lack of these three amino acids, and together they structure a total protein, thereby making PROTUFF Plant Protein an excellent choice to supplement your protein needs.
It is also packed with the goodness of clinically researched Terminalia arjuna (Ashwagandha), and Super greens blend rich in antioxidants and Omegas. It is hypoallergenic, easy to digest, and contains no saturated fat.
One serving of 30g delivers 25g of complete protein with 5.7g essential BCAAs and cardiotonic properties, fulfilling about 40% of our daily protein requirement. PROTUFF Plant Protein may also help in lowering blood glucose.
It is available in 3 delicious flavors: Belgian Chocolate, Café Mocha, and Vanilla. Add it to your smoothies, shakes, and bakes.
Key benefits of PROTUFF Plant Protein:
- We do not believe in Pixie Dusting. Our product is formulated clean, and with carefully selected ingredients in the right proportions, and delivers therapeutic benefits.
- Ashwagandha Extract: A hormone balancer and testosterone booster, increases muscle strength, and rejuvenates the body.
- Spirulina: Space food used by astronauts, and a high protein source; it is an ideal snack after a workout to promote recovery and improves BMI.
- European Pea Protein Isolate, Brown Rice Protein Source with complete BCAAs and a PDCAAS of 1.0.
- Wheat Grass Extract and Moringa Extract: Superfoods that help in digestion and boost energy.
- Digestive Enzymes (Pepsin, Papain): Optimize the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates, and protein into amino acids for faster absorption, and reduces gas, and bloating.
- Clinically proven results of Oxyjun (Arjuna Ext.) as a stimulant-free cardio booster.
- 5.6 % increase in the heart’s blood pumping capacity (LVEF)
- 93.4% of subjects exercised longer without exhaustion
- 4.9% increase in VO2 max
Speaking about PROTUFF, Mr. Deepak Khicha, CEO, Aarnix HealthSciences says, “We aim to provide preventive healthcare with nutrient-dense formulations not only for recovery, but also for our well-being. Plant protein is the healthier and ethical protein to have. It is also ideal for our protein deficit vegetarian society, and practicing Vegans. Aarnix HealthSciences is on a mission to ‘Protify India’, and raise the ‘PQ’ (Protein Quotient) of the masses.”
Please note: The blog is not to promote any specific dietary approach, as we believe in personalising one’s needs according to what suits them, and their condition.
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