Pulses & Legumes - Not the greatest source of protein
Posted: 26th August 2015
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, then swapping your pulses for meat and fish options as well as heart healthy nuts and seeds, will certainly help you see those results that you are working towards.