Introduction & Thoughts on moving to a Meat Free Diet
Every year, more people are reconsidering the amount of meat they consume, choosing instead to implement healthy plant based, meat free diet substitutes.
In fact, Persistence Market Research says the global plant-based protein industry may reach $16.3 billion by the year 2026, if it keeps growing at this rate.
There are a number of reasons for more considering a plant based diet:
With skyrocketing meat prices, and science that indicates that consuming a high level of meat may actually be unhealthy, more people are choosing a meat free diet.
In addition, with the enormous meat “ranches” producing massive amounts of methane and depleting resources that could be used for human consumption – it’s just another reason that people are taking another look at meat substitutes for their dietary needs.
However, one thing to keep in mind if you are considering eliminating meat from your diet is that you must ensure you’re still receiving enough protein in your diet in order to stay healthy. Protein is every bit as important as vitamins, carbohydrates, and regular exercise when it comes to your overall health.
You see, protein helps build and repair body tissues such as bone, blood, skin, and muscles. Proteins also help increase overall muscle mass and strength. In addition, they help boost your metabolism so you can burn more fat.
A scientific study even showed that a high-protein diet helped lower blood pressure, “bad” cholesterol, and triglycerides. Protein also helps you feel fuller with less food, which is great for weight maintenance or loss.
To help you get started, we’ll take a look at some of the top meat substitutes throughout this special report.
Important Note about a meat free diet Before We Begin:
When choosing a meatless product, carefully check the ingredients and the nutrition label. You want to make sure it isn’t loaded with unhealthy fats and salt, or are over-processed.
Look at the number of ingredients as well – the more ingredients there are, the more highly processed the product is. Also look for sodium and added sugar (fruit sugar is a natural form that’s better for you).
Not all products even contain enough protein to satisfy the daily recommended amount, so always read the labels. Some meat substitutes will contain added vitamins and nutrients that may be lacking in a typical vegetarian diet, like iron, zinc, and Vitamin B12.
In fact, only a few plant foods contain all nine of the essential amino acids needed. These are called complete proteins.
Soy, buckwheat, and quinoa are among the few plants that are complete proteins, so be sure to eat a variety of plant foods in order to get all of your essential amino acids.
Today, we’ll look at the top ten meat substitutes, as well as some nutritional information that you should know.
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