A plant-based diet should start in a well-planned manner! Plant-based, vegetarian, vegan diets are getting more and more popular around the globe. No matter it’s because of religious, animal welfare, environmental, food safety or health concerns, everybody should decide with a cautious thought and comprehensive planning. If you're interested in why people want to make this change, please see our previous post here.
Changing from omnivore to vegan, it’s NOT just cutting down meat! In this way, it will only cause you numerous health problems. We have had heard people dropped weights dramatically, felt very fatigue and looked extremely pale when only removing meat in the menu and not replacing with the right balance of energy source and nutrients. So, the first step is to get the right protein!
Protein is the primary concern that we are considering turning vegan. Meat, as all we know is prominent in providing us protein. From nutrition’s point of view, animal meat is a great protein source as they contain complete mix of essential amino acids that we cannot produce by our body and can only be absorbed through eating, as well as they have high bioavailability that our body can immediately use. Most of the vegetable proteins have weaknesses that they do not possess all essential amino acids and have a low bioavailability.
The good news is soy, quinoa and hemp are the plant foods containing all essential amino acids. Therefore, remember to include at least one of these in your daily menu! Other good sources of protein are beans, peas, lentils, tofu, seeds, nuts, broccoli, grains and wheats. A blend of different plant foods can complement each other so as to give you a complete mix of essential amino acids.
Hemp protein is recommended as it has a unique nutrient, Omega 3! Omega 3 is proved for benefits in improving heart health and preventing cardiovascular diseases. We normally think that omega 3 is come from fish. The fact is marine fish can only obtain omega 3 by eating micro algae or other fish that have eaten algae.
Moreover, the type of fatty acid Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) & Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) found in fish are Omega 3 fatty acid metabolites, and they are non-essential fatty acids meaning our body can manufacture if we have Alpha Linolenic Acid, ALA (Omega 3). Hemp seeds have got abundant amount of ALA, the original omega 3. Hence, hemp protein should not be missed in your vegan diet to acquire adequate omega 3 and protein for your body’s need.
Last but not the least; find a reliable and clean source of plant foods! Go for the local farms using natural methods in growing crops or products with organic certificate for better health. Begin your wonderful vegan journey with the right protein!
KIKI Health’s Organic Hemp Protein 235g HK$220/bottle
KIKI Health’s Organic Pea Protein 170g HK$160/bottle
About KIKI Health
KIKI Health was born out of a desire to promote optimum health and well-being and is fast becoming one of the leading manufacturers of natural health products in the UK.
KIKI Health believes in selecting only the purest of ingredients with the highest potency available. All ingredients are meticulously chosen and ethically processed to preserve and maximize the beneficial and powerful elements, ensuring unsurpassed bioavailability.
KIKI Health’s products are now available on organic lifestyle online boutique Urban Greenosophy.