I know…what they taught us in school is inaccurate! 🙁
Beans (pulses) and lentils/dengu(legumes) cannot be directly compared to chicken, fish, beef, and other animal protein.
Protein is the building blocks of life and made up of organic compounds known as amino acids which help create protein in the body necessary for
🔹️Break down food
🔹️Repair body tissue…amongst many other important body functions.
There are different groups of amino acids essential, non-essential, and conditionals Aminos. For this topic, I will focus on essential amino acids; these cannot be made by the body and as a result, MUST come from food.
The 9 essential amino acids are: istidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.
Here is why beans are not identical to animal protein…
Here is why beans are not identical to animal protein
1️⃣ Animal protein has all 9 essential amino acids while beans have 8 lacking methionine making them what is known as incomplete proteins. Combinations with other foods can be done to make them complete but I digress (topic for another day)
2️⃣ Pulses and legumes have higher amounts of protein, and certain amino acids, ONLY when compared to other fibrous carbohydrates (vegetables) such as kale, spinach, broccoli but that is the end of that story.
3️⃣ Nutritional profile – Let’s dive into data – swipe to 2nd image
1/2 cup or 130g kidney beans contains
7 g of protein = 28 calories
21 g of carbohydrates – 7g fiber = 16 g of net carbs = 64 calories
Notice, 16 grams or 64 calories is from starchy carbohydrates, the same found in potatoes, rice…etcCompare that to 115g of skinless chicken breast which has 130 calories 26g protein = 104 calories 0g carbs and 0 fiber. Nutrition profiling shows that beans are comprised of protein but ALSO 2 to 3 times MORE starchy carbohydrates while animal protein/chicken has ONLY protein, NO starch.
Does this mean legumes and pulses are unhealthy? Absolutely NOT! They contain a lot of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are an alternative for non-meat eaters however the combination is most important. Being plant-based or vegan does NOT mean automatic weight loss. I’ve had a lot of clients switch to plant-based diets in order to lose weight and instead, they gained weight. Minimizing insulin spikes & fat storage is tough when rice and beans are a staple and will stifle weight loss progress or contribute to weight gain making weight loss impossible.
How do I know all this? I was a vegan/plant-based for 12 months back in 2016🙂I learned a lot through experience, a lot of research and nutrition education. Everything I teach on nutrition and weight loss is based on my personal experience, and not just book knowledge. This is why my clients succeed in losing 10,15,30+ Kilos – 20, 30, 60 pounds and keep it off by simply following my nutrition guidance.
This topic is lengthy and for this reason, I recorded a video that explains in great detail how the body processes them, and why certain legumes + lentils combinations make weight loss impossible.I also share the CORRECT way to eat them if your goal is losing body fat or losing weight. To watch the video, click the link below and please do me a favor, let me know in the comments below if this article + video have been helpful 🙂
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