If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make your meals healthier, you might want to eat a specific type of meat. Or rather herbal meat substitute. Not only is it relatively easy to replace animal meat with vegetable meatbut a study has now found that meat that does not come from cows, chickens, pigs and other living creatures is a healthier option.
In the study published in the journal Foods of the futurea team from the University of Bath reviewed 43 other studies focusing on plant-based meat substitutes as well as plant-based dairy alternatives. The findings showed that eating plant-based meat resulted in weight loss and increased muscle while adding additional amino acids, vitamins and antioxidants to the diet, all of which provide valuable benefits to the body.
The study’s lead author, Dr Chris Bryant, Honorary Research Associate for the Department of Psychology at the University of Bath and a research consultant through Bryant Research Limited, said Medical News Today“In particular, overweight patients may benefit from switching from chicken to mycoprotein, which will increase fiber intake, increase satiety with fewer calories, and decrease insulin response.”
“Plant-based alternatives to animal products may also help lower cholesterol and provide benefits for gut health“, added Bryant, while noting that”[m]Using these simple switches can have substantial health benefits.”
Plant meat versus animal meat
When it comes to why plant-based meat may be a healthier option, Connie DiekmanM.Ed, RD, CSSD, LD, FADA, FANDrecount Eat this, not that! that “animal protein is a source of saturated fat, which contributes to heart disease”. She notes that “giving up animal protein may help reduce saturated fat intake, thereby helping to reduce the risk of heart disease.”
Beyond that, says Diekman, “If plant-based meats retain some of the plant fiber, it would be a plus since animal protein does not contain fiber. The third potential benefit is satiety. Plant foods generally take longer to eat and digest, which helps people feel full longer.”
How to eat more plant-based meat
If you want to start incorporating plant-based meats into your diet, Diekman has a few suggestions that can help you find the best options.
First, Diekman says to “check the list of ingredients to ensure plant protein is among the top three ingredients.”
Then you will want “look at the protein content—1 ounce of animal protein equals approximately 7 grams of protein, how plant-based foods compare? Also check sodium, as processed foods often contain more salt. You can also look for sodium or salt in the ingredient list. »
“To finish, check the fat contentand source, since fat is often added to enhance flavor — there’s no point in reducing saturated fat if you’re increasing total fat intake,” says Diekman. “Remember that coconut oil and coconut oil palm oil are vegetable fats high in saturated fat.”
Desirée O is a freelance writer who covers, among other things, lifestyle, food and nutrition news. Read more