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Pulses - Not the greatest protein source

Posted on September 08, 2015 by Ruth Buttigieg | 0 comments

Knowing that protein is good for you is now widely understood by men and women in gyms, who have long been guzzling protein shakes at every opportunity. Weight Watchers also introduced the ‘pro-points’ system to reflect the importance of protein. This is all good news generally, but what is less well known are the key variations between different protein sources, and the frequency of intake of protein.


There is a remarkable difference between protein which is found in meat and fish foods rather than that found in vegetable foods - such as pulses and fungi. Meat and fish are a source of complete protein as well as essential fats that our brain and body needs.


Whilst food items such as beans, legumes, lentils, etc contain a higher amount of protein when compared to other vegetables, they however also contain a very high amount of carbohydrate in the form of starch. Starch is broken down in our body into sugar and therefore triggers the hormone insulin - the main hormone that drives fat production.


So, if you are looking at actively losing a few pounds or are looking at managing diabetes through food or are simply looking for a few tips on improving your daily dietary habits, then swapping your pulses for meat and fish options as well as opting for tempeh and good quality tofu and heart healthy nuts and seeds, will certainly help you see those results that you are working towards.


So how does the Natural Low Carb Store help you lose weight and improve your overall health?


The Natural Low Carb store way of doing things is quite simple. We promote a low-carb, high-protein, moderate-fat diet. Although we are in the same school of thought as Atkins, our approach to diet and lifestyle is different.


On our program we embrace those carbohydrates that are based on dietary fibre rather than simple and/or complex sugars. The difference between these types of carbohydrates is the way they are digested within the body. By choosing these vegetables and fruits, the essential micronutrient requirements are met whilst ensuring no blood sugar spikes in the progress which will in turn help reduce cravings in between meals for sugary items.


The Natural Low Carb Store way is not only about being healthy and making the right choices. Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any further questions. We’ll answer any questions you have and help you make an informed decision.

 

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