The debate about the health benefits and detriments of plant and animal proteins has long been debated. The truth is, they’re both important!
Here’s an interesting comparison of how much plant or animal protein you would need in order to get 25 grams of protein, which is about half of what an average, sedentary man or woman needs each day.
Peanut Butter: Black Beans: Quinoa: Edamame: Beef:
6 tablespoons! 1 3/4 Cups 3 cups 1 1/2 cups 3 ounces
564 calories 382 calories 666 calories 284 calories 213 calories
48 grams fat 2 grams fat 30 grams fat 12 grams fat 13 grams fat
Chicken: Pork: Lamb:
3.5 ounces 3 ounces 3 ounces
128 calories 175 calories 250 calories
3 grams fat 7 grams fat 18 grams fat
While each cut of meat will vary on the number of calories and fat, across the board it takes a lot less meat to get the same amount of protein, when compared to plant proteins. Animal proteins are also low in calories and generally low in fat. I’d much rather have a nice pork chop than eat 3 cups of quinoa!
Our bodies are designed to efficiently use both nutrient-dense animal products and fiber-filled plant products. We all hear about how important it is to eat a balanced diet, and that’s completely true. We’re healthiest and feeling our best when we’re eating a wide range of fruits, vegetables, grains, meats and dairy products. Throwing in treats every so often (like daily, right?), also keeps us happy!
So, eat your beans! And your tender, juicy beef tenderloin steak!