Plant based proteins are better for your heart than animal proteins, data shows. According to a recent study, the risk of dying from heart disease or heart attack increases over time when someone eats meat protein and declines over time when someone eats protein from nuts and seeds.
But why is meat protein so bad for your heart when you need protein to be healthy? And how do plant based proteins improve your health?
Consider the data
Researchers analyzed the protein intake of 81,337 participants over the course of six to 12 years. Participants’ data were analyzed the determine the percentage of total protein that came from plant and animal sources.
In the group with the highest intake of meat proteins, the risk of cardiovascular-related death was 60% higher than those with the lowest intake. In the group with the highest intake of plant based proteins, the risk of cardiovascular-related death was 40% lower than those with the lowest intake of plant based proteins.
Why does meat protein hurt the cardiovascular system?
Unlike plant proteins, meat is high in Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs) and heme iron. AGEs contribute to vascular damage and heme iron, which is a pro-oxidant, can promote heart disease.
Meat also contains pro-inflammatory components that can be harmful to your cardiovascular system including arachidonic acid, saturated fat, and carnitine.
What makes the proteins from nuts and seeds different?
Nuts and seeds are actually protective of the cardiovascular system because they contain different heart-healthy nutrients. These nutrients include potassium, magnesium, fiber, plant sterols, tocopherols (vitamin E), flavonoids, and polyphenols.
Nuts and seeds can also reduce your LDL cholesterol. Their fat-binding fibers are also not absorbed by your body, so they don’t build-up in the cardiovascular system.
What’s more, nuts and seeds also promote good blood glucose levels and have been associated with better blood vessel function.
Where can I find vegan beef with plant based proteins?
Research shows that plant-based diets can help treat severe health conditions. In fact, plant based proteins and diets have been proven to reduce angina attacks by 90% in just a few weeks.
Unfortunately, not a lot of people are aware that there are vegan meat substitutes that have plenty of flavor. Being healthy doesn’t mean you have to lose the seasonings. That’s where Before The Butcher comes in.
Before The Butcher offers plant-based meat alternatives that look, cook, and taste just like meat. To learn more about our plant based proteins and meat substitutes, contact Before The Butcher today.