Isn’t meat an indispensable source of strength? We need protein for our body. Are pulses such as peas sufficient as a meat substitute? Why should we worry about alternatives to meat? We are on the trail of a new trend and are taking a close look at meat substitutes made from peas.
A quarter of all farm animals are sick and still a food supplier. This worrying statement comes from the consumer organization “Food Watch”. 98 percent of the animal products that we consume come from factory farming and only two percent from organic farming. Climate experts worldwide agree that the high meat consumption and thus factory farming result in a negative climate balance. Because the consumption of water and energy is higher than in the production of plant-based foods.
In Germany alone, seven million tons of harmful environmental gases could be saved annually if factory farming and enormous meat production were avoided. In addition, there are already many scientific studies that suggest that eating meat is unhealthy. Researchers from the University of Paris-South found that more significant Meat and cheese consumption lead to an increased risk of diabetes. Also, scientists found that the premature death risk from cancer with heavy meat consumption rise. The consumer ministry of North Rhine-Westphalia also warns against eating too much meat, because most of them Turkeys and broilers are treated with antibiotics. Their meat is therefore not healthy either.
Enough reasons to make us think about meat substitutes. There are already 7.8 million vegetarians in Germany.
But don’t we need protein?
Of course we need protein. This consists of amino acids and forms the basic structure of the human body, i.e. muscles, bones, blood, immune system and most of the important hormones. Nutritionists state that women should consume an average of 120 grams and men 140 grams of protein daily. This protein requirement is covered with a normal diet. Additional shakes are not necessary. Animal protein is a high quality protein that can be easily absorbed by the body. But it is high in saturated fat and cholesterol. High-fat foods and little exercise can lead to obesity. Nutritionists confirm that these problems do not exist with vegetable proteins.
What are the benefits of the vegetarian diet?
1. Vegetable protein does not contain cholesterol.
2. It has 70 percent less fat on average. A veggie burger has between 8.9 and 11.5 percent fat per serving, a “real” meat burger has around 35 percent fat.
3. It has a lot fewer calories.
4. It tastes good with the right seasoning.
Chickpea couscous: so tasty and a real fit-maker
A four-tone combination of pumpkin, chickpeas, spinach and couscous – simply delicious. In addition, vegan, quickly prepared and full of healthy fit-maker.
Where can we find vegetable protein?
Vegetable proteins are found in cereals such as millet and pearl barley, lupins, soy beans, lentils and peas. The legume pea in particular is now on the rise. It contains up to 25 percent protein. A Bavarian company has now specialized in this and produces meat substitute products from regionally grown peas.
So what are you waiting for and not just try – without prejudice – a veggie schnitzel with potatoes or pasta and delicious vegetables. Good Appetite!