Look, I am not a nutritionist or a dietitian, but I will I’ll tell you what we as Americans need to do, based solely on common sense… We need to stop eating so much processed food. They are filled with chemicals, fillers, sugar and carbs, and all sorts of other nasty things. And when they’re eaten in high quantities, they can cause a lot of health issues like weight gain, high blood pressure, and diabetes. But there are other things happening with these heavily processed foods… especially in the hot new “plant-based meat” department. Have you read the labels on those things? I have. They’re not good for you… and now we have studies to prove it.
Seriously, just eat the all-natural Christmas turkey, instead.
Eat This Not That reported that you may opt to eat a plant-based diet for a variety of reasons, including the fact that you want to consume food that is both delightfully delicious and, of course, nourishing. However, a new study has found that certain meat substitutes are lacking key nutrients that your body needs.
The study from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, which was published in Nutrients, involved taking a look at 44 different kinds of meat substitutes on the market. The varieties were primarily soy and pea protein-based, but there were also options that included fermented soy products like tempeh, and mycoproteins, which are proteins derived from fungi.
The researchers found that the various meat substitutes had a range of nutritional content. They also noted that the estimated amount of both iron and zinc that could be absorbed into the body from these foods was low, due to phytates, which are anti-nutrients.
Read on to learn more about the effect of some of these meat substitutes, and for more health tips, check out 5 Coffee Habits That May Be Shortening Your Life.
“Not all proteins are created equal,” Catherine Gervacio, RD, registered dietitian and nutrition contributor for Living.Fit, tells Eat This, Not That! “Despite the fact that plant-based proteins have less fat, calories, and cholesterol than meat products, they also lack certain qualities. This study presents one of the major qualities that plant-based proteins lack.”
Gervacio explains that “Meat substitutes are sourced from plants,” and “Plants naturally contain phytates to store phosphorous for their reproduction and growth.” While this “is beneficial for plants, phytates are popularly known as anti-nutrients because they bind to certain nutrients to make them less absorbable, especially calcium, zinc, and iron.”
Gervacio notes that “This is the reason why plant-based proteins or meat substitutes are known to carry non-heme iron (the less absorbable type of iron) because phytates bind to it.”
This is yet another “fact” that will be conveniently overlooked, as marketers and PR firms go crazy pushing pant-based products, and then down the road, years from now, where people are suffering they’ll report on this as if it’s “breaking news.”
Seems like that’s how “sCieNcE” works these days. “Timing” is everything.
Joe Rogan had a great podcast episode on this topic…
People need to get informed before they start ingesting and injecting things into their bodies.
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