Not all plant proteins are created equal

Not all plant proteins are created equal

In a recent interview, Dr T Colin Campbell stated, “The high-protein, high-fat diet that is customarily consumed by the average American promotes inflammatory reaction; there is no question about that. You see a lot of stuff changing in the immune system [with this diet] and other sorts of things that are associated with inflammation that we tend to be familiar with – a risk factor for heart disease as well. A plant-based diet – if you will, that means fruits and grains – that has all the protein we need. As a matter of fact, it’s the ideal level of protein.”

But not all plants—or plant proteins—are alike or the best to use as a protein source. Some plant proteins are made with conventionally raised plants filled with pesticides and other toxins such as GMOs, or they offer incomplete proteins without adequate amino acids.

According to Extraordinary Health Magazine, “Soy protein is a complete protein which, when conventionally grown, has, on average, 10 pesticide residues, according to the USDA Pesticide Data Program. That includes the overlap of three known or probable carcinogens, five suspected hormone disruptors, two neurotoxins, two developmental or reproductive toxins for humans and three honeybee toxins.”

However brown rice protein that is certified organic and Non GMO is nutritionally rich and packed with enzymes. It also boasts four times more arginine, for better nutrient delivery, than other protein powders. Brown rice protein is also rich in glutamine, for muscle growth and immune health.

In addition, Brown rice is supercharged nutritionally when it’s sprouted, activating enzymes which release additional nutrients. Sprouted brown rice has more fiber, three times the amount of lysine (an essential amino acid) and 10 times the amount of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an amino acid that supports healthy kidney function, than regular brown rice.

Gail Bowman is the owner of Healthy Vitamins, an online whole food health food store. Gail said, “Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein is a great supplemental solution to the question, ‘Where do I get more clean, healthy plant based protein?’ Raw Protein is a a complete, plant-based protein for everyone, including those on a vegan or vegetarian diet. It is Organic, Non GMO verified, raw, gluten free, dairy free and soy free.

“It also has 13 sprouted seeds, grains and legumes including brown rice. My customers tell me that they love it and they find it easily digestible. What more can you ask for?”

Healthy Vitamins is an online health food store specializing in whole food vitamins. Healthy Vitamins carries all flavors of both Raw Protein and Raw Meal, a complete meal replacement which incorporates Raw Protein.

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