The best alternative protein sources

Up to 9 billion people are expected to live on our planet in 2050. Many industrial nations currently meet their protein requirements largely from animal proteins. This won’t be enough: A future protein deficit is on its way and additional protein sources are urgently needed, because an adequate protein supply is also possible while using less meat.

Proteins are among the basic building blocks of the body. They provide us with energy and ensure that cells in our body, among other things, can constantly renew themselves. Proteins are particularly hyped because they grow muscles and let pounds lose. Since the body cannot form all building blocks of proteins, called amino acids, itself, they must also be absorbed through food. 

 

For a long time, mainly animal protein sources such as red meat, fish or poultry were used. With the strong growth of the world population and the increasing awareness of sustainability, however, the protein of tomorrow is being sought. We have put together our Top 3 most protein-rich alternatives to conventional meat for you:   

 

Insects for those who enjoy experimenting

Whether in Asia, South America or Australia - almost a third of the world's population already have insects on their diet. The crawling animals are valued for their high levels of vitamins and minerals. And by the way, they are also rich in proteins. In addition to their good properties, insects are also relatively undemanding and very sustainable in their breeding, which benefits the environment. These alternative protein sources are particularly popular in this country as tasty burger patties. 

 

Legumes as protein bombs 

Pulses such as peas, lentils or even the trendy Edamame beans are true multi-talents and a great choice as filling foods. They not only contain healthy vitamin sources such as iron, magnesium or zinc but are also real protein bombs. At around 25 percent, pulses have the highest protein content of all plant products. These super protein values refer to dried legumes, however. Most legumes don’t  only contain small amounts of saturated fatty acids, but are also quite low in fat: similar to poultry they contain only 1/5 fat. Whether processed in vegetable soups and casseroles or as a snack, the large selection of pulses opens numerous application possibilities in the kitchen. These tasty protein bombs will definitely not be boring! 

 

Almonds as healthy power food

Nuts are often seen as fatteners because they are very rich in calories. Nuts are really healthy, however, can help to lose weight and are extremely valuable sources of protein. Our favourite: almonds. With a proud 21 grams of protein per 100 grams, hardly any other nut contains so much protein. Beyond that, they are extremely healthy: thus, numerous studies prove that a handful of almonds a day can already lower the blood pressure and cholesterol levels. In addition, they reduce the appetite for carbohydrates, quench the feeling of hunger and keep you full for a particularly long time. Either as a snack or the morning muesli, we celebrate almonds as a healthy power food.

Let's be honest: with all these protein heroes, who can do with less meat? We are looking forward to your comments on Facebook