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Study reveals how plant-based protein protects against type 2 diabetes

New research suggests plant-based food is better than meat!

Embarking on a healthy plant-based diet can feel like quite the shift when you first start out. Those of you who were formerly steak lovers may find the transition quite difficult. If you’re completely new to this world, it’s only natural that you may worry about where you’re going to get the essential vitamins and nutrients you need in your diet.

There’s a lot of misinformation out there. One of the major myths when it comes to plant-based eating is that there is a lack of protein. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality of the matter is that there are a great many forms of plant-based protein from legumes to seeds and nuts. Adapting your eating plan to ensure that you include as many of these things as possible is absolutely vital to your health.

Why do you need protein?

First, let’s deal with the burning question here. Why do you need protein anyhow? Not to get too scientific about it all, but protein plays a crucial role in the growth of the cells in your body. This so-called ‘micronutrient’ can play a role in most areas of your physical growth but is present in some more than others. The truth is that your hair and nails are mainly comprised of protein.

What’s more, your body uses the stuff to repair and strengthen tissues. That’s why you need to eat lean protein after you’ve hit the gym and need to recover. You may also find that you need to include extra protein in your diet when you have suffered from an injury or pulled a muscle. As though that wasn’t enough, the micronutrient is necessary for building your skin, blood, bone, and cartilage cells. In short, this is the fuel that every area of your body needs to keep growing and repairing on a daily basis.

Plant-based protein vs meat protein

For a long time, there has been a debate over which type of protein is better for your overall health. Of course, many people are under the misguided assumption that all meats have a ‘better’ protein than plant-based alternatives. However, when you choose plant-based alternatives, you cut out much of the fat that you get with meat.

New research from the University of Eastern Finland could tell us more about the different types of protein. We already know that consuming protein could help us ward off type 2 diabetes. Despite this fact, the study suggests that consuming plant protein rather than meat alternatives could be the smartest move for your health.

After working with participants over nearly a 20-year period, the researchers found that those who had high levels of plant-protein in their diets were 35% less likely to get diabetes than those with low levels of it. On the other hand, the same results showed that eating regular amounts of white and red meat could actually increase your likelihood of getting type 2 diabetes at some point in your life.

The experts recommend that people who currently eat large amounts of meat as part of their diet should make some changes sooner rather than later. They suggest that replacing just 5 grams of meat protein with alternatives could reduce the disease risk by a massive 18%. Of course, the best course of action is to cut back on meat altogether and replace it with the broad range of plant-based options now available.

Good news! We will be serving your favourite avocado on toast at our new 100% plant-based restaurant at Cutlery Works, Kelham Island. Follow Shed on Instagram and Facebook for the latest details and our launch date!


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