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H.D.G. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

H.D.G. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

H.D.G. Bhakti Tirtha Swami

H.D.G. Bhakti Tirtha Swami

H.H. Radhanath Swami

H.H. Radhanath Swami

Healthy Alternatives to Meat Protein


The human body needs proteins. Meat and I use this term to include poultry and seafood provides a quick, easy source of nourishment and protein. However meat is difficult to digest. It requires more chewing and more
 enzyme production to digest meat than other non-meat food.

In fact if you stop eating meat for a while, the first time you re-introduce meat in your diet, you are sure to give yourself indigestion. Meat is also high in fat and cholesterol. Meats are also more prone to contamination. The New England Journal of Medication concluded that 20-25% of all bacterial contamination results from meat consumption. There are healthy alternatives available to meat that provide all the proteins and other essential nutrients required by the body.

- Spirulina derived from a blue-green algae has been called a superfood. Spirulina is said to be 65-71% protein which is far superior to the 22% protein that beef provides. Proteins are made up of 22 amino acids and Spirulina contains 18 of them. This makes it a complete protein - providing all the essential amino acids needed by the body. In addition Spirulina is upto 95% digestible making it ready for almost immediate absorption by the body. Spirulina is also choc full of other nutrients making it a truly impressive food. Spirulina is available in the market in the form of powders that can be blended into juices and also in the form of capsules which are certainly far more palatable.

Soy - Soy has long been proclaimed as heart healthy food and the reason for the long lives of people living in societies such as Japan where it is a diet staple. Soy is also a complete protein that provides all the essential amino acids. Soy products include Tofu a soybean curd made from cooked and pureed soybeans, Soymilk, Tempeh a soybean cake, soybean flour, textured soy protein and miso a soybean paste

- Beans and split peas are also very high in protein and nutritional content. A sizeable percentage of the Indian population is vegetarian and relies largely on legumes for
 their protein supplementation in their diet. Beans and split peas come in several varieties and generally need to be boiled before further processed into soups or used in other recipes.

- Seitan is also known as wheat gluten and even wheat meat owing to how similar its texture and appearance is to meat. Seitan is obtained from the protein portion of wheat and has 7.5 grams of protein with no fat or carbohydrate content. It is used in many Asian recipes as a "mock meat".



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