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Vegan Proteins – Not Just for Vegans
 
 
Whether you have gone full vegan or just choose to eat more vegan type foods, the decision to make healthier food choices has become the new norm. But why the pattern changes? What has led people to think and eat cleaner? There may be a few factors at play, such as the millennial age bracket that feel empowered to be the voice of change for the environment and animal concerns. There are documentaries and information from around the world that explain where our foods may be coming from and this knowledge has created concern
for our eating habits at home. Social media, blog influencers and celebrities have raised concerns about how foods travel from farm to table, creating a ripple effect that reaches readers who take action and manufacturers who are now forced to adapt their products to meet new demands. We have seen significant shifts in food consumption. For instance, choosing to eat cleaner and reducing meat consumption is no longer seen as a sacrifice, and there are many excellent vegetation options to choose from. Watch for a new phrase “Flexitarian,” which means making more flexible choices. If you choose to eat meat, demand to know, from farm to table, how it was raised – hormone free, cage free, etc. If you choose to eat more organic fruits and vegetables, you can pressure farmers to grow sustainable crops and reduce the cost, so that healthier food options are available. Beyond all of the hype that surrounds a more vegan or flexitarian diet, there are studies that support eating a more balanced diet of meat, fish, dairy, fruits and vegetables for better cardiovascular health and to lower the risk of Type II Diabetes. It makes sense since lower saturated fats and higher antioxidants will lead to better health either way.
 
 
Start with a Vegan Protein
 
 
No one is suggesting you choose a Vegan or Vegetarian diet. We are proposing a more “Flexitarian” approach to eating, which is that fancy word that means eating a balanced diet and whenever possible trying to adopt a more balanced vegetarian approach to eating. It is also important to note that eating a vegan diet that is devoid of nutrient-rich foods can have the opposite effect of good health. If you are vegan, a vegetarian, or fall into any one of the food choice options, from lacto-ovo to meat eater or keto dieter, consider incorporating a plant-based protein into your diet. Plant-based proteins tend to contain fibre which aids in digestion, removal of waste,
promotes a healthy gut and supports lower cholesterol levels. The various types of plant sources used in vegan proteins are nutrient dense, which helps to ensure you are getting the micro and macronutrients (a full spectrum of vitamins and minerals) from your protein source, not just amino acids. Plant-based proteins may contain essential fatty acids, much-needed B12, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium and more. Most plant-based proteins are a combination of several different plant sources that provide the required essential amino acid profile, usually coming from rice, pea, hemp, quinoa and sprouts. Progressive Nutrition has a complete line of vegan proteins. Progressive Harmonized Vegan Protein blends 5 different plant-based proteins (pea, hemp, brown rice, chia, cranberry and fruit seed), with added botanicals for liver and kidney support. If vegan proteins cause gas and bloating, another option is Progressive Harmonized Fermented Vegan Protein. The blend of non-GMO plant proteins (pea, pumpkin seed, amaranth, quinoa & millet) are fermented (using a non-dairy probiotic bacteria). The fermentation breaks down the “phytic acid” found in grains, nuts, seeds and legumes, which interrupts digestion. If you want to go all-out vegan, you need the extra vitamins and minerals that a vegan diet can be lax in. VegeEssentials All in One provides everything a vegan dieter needs in one supplement. It contains five different types of protein, (pea, hemp, brown rice, chia, cranberry and fruit seed), fibre, omega 3 (flax, borage, pumpkin, primrose and safflower). It also contains 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables and a full vitamin profile including B12.
 
 
Resources
 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5598028/
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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12740075
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18237581
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19020780
 
 
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