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Health Benefits of Not Eating Meat

Have you broken your New Year’s diet resolution yet? Are you looking for cleaner ways to incorporate more protein in your diet? 

If you are living a plant-based lifestyle, increasing your protein is not as hard as you think. In fact, swapping out plant protein for meat is healthier for you. For instance, more studies are reporting that eating processed meats contributes to heart disease and diabetes. Additionally, eating a vegan diet can help reduce the dangers of strokes and cancers and helps to lower your blood pressure. 

Recently more evidence has revealed that consuming a plant based diet could slow down diseases related to aging such as dementia. 

And don't fear healthy carbs because you need them to give you energy throughout the day and during intense workouts. 

Here are some of the top plant-based proteins:

Seitan - Also known as wheat meat or wheat gluten. It contains about 25 grams of protein per 3.5 ounces (100 grams), making it one of the richest plant protein sources. 

Tofu, tempeh and edamame - All three soy-based proteins contain iron, calcium, and 12–20 grams of protein per 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving.

Lentils - With 18 grams of protein per cooked cup (198 grams), lentils are a great source of protein

Beans - Most types of beans contain about 15 grams of protein per cooked cup (170 grams). They’re also excellent sources of complex carbs, fiber, iron, folate, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, and several beneficial plant compounds

Quinoa - Amaranth and quinoa provide 8–9 grams of protein per cooked cup (185 grams) and are complete sources of protein, which is uncommon among grains and pseudocereals

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