Where’s the beef? Plant-based proteins take off

Whether it’s diet consciousness or concerns for sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives to meat, there’s no question that plant-based meat alternatives like Beyond Meat and Impossible Burger are getting consumers’ – and investors’ – attention. Even Big Meat producers like Tyson Foods is entering the alternative protein market with plant-based “chicken” nuggets.

If you’re considering becoming vegan or vegetarian or you simply want to reduce the amount of animal meat you eat, here are five plant-based proteins to consider:

Soy: Soy-based products, like tofu, tempeh and edamame, don’t actually reduce male testosterone levels as once thought. That’s good news for one of the richest sources of plant-based proteins, which contain about 10 to 15g of protein per serving. Tofu, also called soybean curds, is a great addition to soups, stews and sandwiches where it takes on the flavour of the dish’s other ingredients. And because soy contains good levels of calcium and iron, it’s a great substitute for dairy products. 

Quinoa: A South American grain that’s gained popularity on recent years, cooked quinoa contains about 8g of protein per cup. It’s also rich in iron, magnesium and fiber and a versatile substitute for rice or pasta in soups and salads.

Hemp seeds: Considered a superfood, hemp seeds come from the Cannabis sativa plant but do not produce any mild-altering effects. They are, however, packed with protein – almost as much as soybeans – high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids and believed to help regulate the immune system. You can add the seeds to your cereal, yogurt, smoothies and salads or drink hemp milk as you would cow milk.

 Mycoprotein: A fungus-based protein often used in “chicken” nuggets or cutlets, mycoprotein is rich in protein at about 13 g per half-cup serving. It’s low in fat and cholesterol, high in fiber and good for sodium-restricted diets. People with a history of mushroom or other food allergies are advised to consider other protein alternatives or consult their physicians or dieticians. 

Other plant-based proteins to consider include almonds, spirulina and chia seeds. Are you on a plant-based protein diet or considering decreasing your meat intake? Let us know why and how it’s going! Share your experiences in the Shop Talk blog community forum.

Did you know? The Governator says hasta la vista

Arnold Schwarzenegger has jumped on the plant-based bandwagon. The former bodybuilder and California governor says he’s now convinced “you really don’t have to get your protein from meat – or from animals.” (Source)

23 thoughts on “Where’s the beef? Plant-based proteins take off

  1. Je pensse que ça prend de l’engrais qui vien des animaux fumier d’animaux donc ces pas co bon pour la planète que ça pour faire poussée les plantes et les jardin !

    1. There is alot of good alternative options out there if you want to change your eating habits and become vegan. I’m eating more plant base foods . I feel better more energy.

    2. I’ve seen studies on w5, it appears
      plant based replacements for meat
      also have additives that actually do more
      than good. It’s not a vegetarian or
      vegan, which I’m not. Just the thought of
      eating dead animals doesn’t work for
      me. So I feel eating plant based
      meat with unknown additives, thumbs down.

    3. LOL what an imagination. Nothing wrong with plant based foods which are far better than meat from animals raised in cruelty.

  2. Always like veg, products.but make sure they are low in fat and sodium. Need to lower both when making a nutritious product.

  3. I was born and raised on meat. We ate meat at every meal. To me there is not another more natural way to get protein than meat. Why do you want to eat a chemically produce product? What is wrong with naturally raised meat?

  4. if you want something that looks like a hamburger for gods sake have one has more protein than faked ones also has more nutrients.cattle are raised on land that is not suitable for grain farming.

  5. I’m 55 and been a vegetarian since about age 21. Now suddenly there’s a big “trend” of plant based diets, veganism etc etc etc. I used to get ridiculed by being a vegetarian, back in the 80s and 90s and called “weird”, even though I was never one to broadcast it nor did I condemn those who ate meat – it’s their choice.

  6. I have been vegan for over 9 years and I am so excited about all of the plant based options now available. Vegan for the animals, the planet and my health.

  7. What are the mycoprotein brands available for sale in Canada? I’ve tried Quorn and it’s pretty good, but as far as I know it’s not available in Canada yet (it’s produced in the UK).

  8. I can agree that protein can be sourced from other than natural meat or fish products, after all we have been doing it for thousands of years already. What I have difficulty with is the move by corporate entities to move us to eating genetically modified products and/or lab generated products as a better source than natural.Where is their years of study to prove their claims and the generations of test subjects to prove their claims. Being part of a generation who were told among other claims, that Round Up was not harmful and was actually safe enough that one could drink it, that saccharin was safe and had no side effects and many benefits, etc., etc, I am tired of the proponents of these products opting out of consuming them while they preach the need for the general population to do so.

  9. As a cattle farmer I don’t agree with the concept that people should stop eating meat. If you choose to do so than good on you. Plant based foods are not for everyone

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