4 Plant Proteins to Prevent Diabetes

Green is the new black.

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Meat-eaters often cling onto their diets as if vegetarians might strip them of their rights to eat meat.

When science started coming out that a plant-based diet might be healthy, it seemed to have unleashed a battle between meat-eaters and veggies that continues to this day.

The problem? The veggies are onto something.

Because now, not only is science saying that a plant-based diet is good for you, but meat-filled diet is downright bad for you.

Sorry, meat-eaters. It’s true.

The latest to come out against meat was a study published by the University of Eastern Finland. The researchers reported that participants who ate meat were more at risk to develop diabetes than those who ate plant protein.

The more plant protein was eaten, they found, the lower the risk for diabetes.

They didn’t mean to imply that meat should be avoided at all costs, though. They said that just replacing about 5 grams of animal protein with plant protein each day could reduce the risk of diabetes by 18%.

That’s as simple as eating a veggie sandwich for lunch instead of a pastrami sandwich.

Or even eating oatmeal for breakfast instead of sausage.

How easy is that?

So in the spirit of helping you get your prevention on track, here are four plant proteins that you can sprinkle on your oatmeal, toss into your smoothie, or mix with your salad.

#1 Hemp Protein 

Hemp offers both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, making it way more than a great protein source. Just 4 tablespoons have about 12 grams of protein (more than double what is needed to significantly reduce your risk of diabetes), so sprinkle freely.

If you buy hemp hearts, the whole hemp seed, then you can sprinkle it into your salads for a delicious nutty and salty flavor.

#2 Pea Protein

Not only is pea protein powder loaded with protein, but it has been found to aid in weight loss, control blood glucose (winner), increase muscle mass, support a healthy heart, and reduce the risk of kidney disease. So really, pea protein seems like a great supplement to have no matter the reason you choose.




#3 Pumpkin Protein

Pumpkin seeds are packed with protein as well as many vitamins and minerals. It is a great source of zinc, which not only boosts the immune system but is an important mineral in reducing the risk of diabetes as well.

#4 Brown Rice Protein

Brown rice protein powder does a whole lot more for your body than just providing protein. It helps you lose weight, lower cholesterol, and improve liver and heart function.

So take your pick and make the swap. Your health depends on it!

References

Science Daily URL Link. Accessed April 19, 2017.

Dr. Axe. URL Link #1. URL Link #2. URL Link #3. Accessed April 19, 2017.

Wellness Mama. URL Link. Accessed April 19, 2017.

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