So who wins? Animal or vegetable foods as a source of protein?
Red meat can increase internal inflammation from all its saturated fat, iron, and nitrites. Inflammation can lead to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer.
So, you might want to consider limiting your animal protein intake to just a few times a month. And, take a look at the vegetables on your plate! It is surprising how much protein many vegetable sources actually contain.
One cup of lentils: 18g
One cup of quinoa: 8g
One cup of whole wheat pasta: 7.5g
Two tablespoons of peanut butter: 7.7g
The secret to getting all the protein you need is to eat a variety of plant foods. That way your body will absorb the essential amino acids it needs. Spreading your protein intake throughout the day is a good way to ensure that your body is actually absorbing and using all that good protein to build muscle.
Source: SpryLiving.com, April 2013