TOP 5 MOST ECO-FRIENDLY PROTEIN SOURCES

People dietary habits have become more particular with time. They choose food on the basis of factors like taste, diet charts, allergies, and health-friendly.

But do you ever take a pause and think about eco-friendly food? Yeah, you heard it right what we eat has an impact on the planet.

Earth’s climate is changing because of increased emissions from crop and livestock production. It requires more water, energy, and land and has a vast environmental footprint.

Animal-based protein sources have adverse effects on the environment and health. They lead to water pollution and waste. Increase risk of heart diseases etc.

According to the Environmental Working Group Report, “eat less resource-intensive meat and avoid wasting”

TOP 5 MOST ECO-FRIENDLY PROTEIN SOURCES

In order to minimize the impact that your food makes on the planet shift to sustainable food options. Right food choices are very important when comes to protein, as it’s a macronutrient.

To make your eating habits eco-friendly as well as health friendly, you need to make sure that protein source makes the lowest carbon footprint and contains essentials nutrients.

Avoiding or replacing meat foods in the diets one of the best ways to reduce your impact on the earth. To help make better choices, here are the top eco-friendly protein sources for you to choose from

Soy Protein   

soy protein TOP 5 MOST ECO-FRIENDLY PROTEIN SOURCES

Soy protein is a healthy protein source as it is more energy-efficient, economically feasible and environmentally sustainable than many animal-based proteins. It has the smallest carbon footprint in comparison to animal protein sources.

It’s an excellent option to reduce the impact on the planet as it’s is very efficient to produce, requiring less water, energy, and land. It does not create greenhouse gases.

It’s one of the few sustainable sources that can help accommodate the increasing demand for high-quality protein. The soybean is a high-yielding crop that requires less water and fertilizer.

The livestock leaves a devastating environmental footprint at the same time soy foods have great sustainability benefits. There are meat and dairy alternatives made with soy protein are available.

You can try organic tofu, soy milk, soy yogurt, tempeh, and edamame. It keeps the carbon level down and gives the same meat-like eating experience with your food or snacks. For more information please visit DuPont.

Beans

beans TOP 5 MOST ECO-FRIENDLY PROTEIN SOURCES

It adds to fiber and healthy nutrients hence make a smart protein choice. They have less carbon footprint which makes good choices for the environment.

GARDEN PEAS

peas TOP 5 MOST ECO-FRIENDLY PROTEIN SOURCES

They are a good source of protein and fiber, cheap to grow as well they naturally fix nitrogen into the soil, so no fertilizers are required, making a minimal impact on the environment.

QUINOAquinoa TOP 5 MOST ECO-FRIENDLY PROTEIN SOURCES

Quinoa is a complete protein and is extremely easy to cook. It tastes better and keeps you healthy on the go.

Eggs

egg TOP 5 MOST ECO-FRIENDLY PROTEIN SOURCES

The carbon footprint is relatively low in comparison to other animal proteins. They are a good source of protein and some vitamin D. Always go for organic and pastured eggs.

References:

  • http://www.greenne.com/environmentally-friendly-sources-protein/
  • https://www.wri.org/blog/2016/04/sustainable-diets-what-you-need-know-12-charts
  • https://www.huffpost.com/entry/best-and-worst-proteins-health-environment_b_903613
  • http://blog.nkdnutrition.com/top-eco-friendly-protein-sources/

Disclosure: The views expressed in the blog content are independent and unbiased views of solely the blogger.

DISCLAIMER: The content in this post is purely meant for educational purpose only and not to be substituted for professional medical advice. One should consult the expert for any related information

Dr Bushra

Gynaecologist by profession~~Food ,Health,lifestyle,Freelance Blogger~~social media influencer~~writer at heart~~Email for collaboration

11 thoughts on “TOP 5 MOST ECO-FRIENDLY PROTEIN SOURCES

  • April 1, 2019 at 11:41 pm
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    Wooe a helpful post. I never knew about garden peas as a source of protein. An informative article

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  • April 2, 2019 at 2:15 pm
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    I always thought that milk is the best source of protiens..thanx for these insights on other options available..would include these in diet from now

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  • April 2, 2019 at 5:13 pm
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    Being vegetarians, some nutrients we need to supplement to our normal diets. We have incorporates Soy as an additional source of protein in our diets. This is a list of some great nutrients that are eco-friendly too.

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  • April 2, 2019 at 6:02 pm
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    Even chicken has proteins? But it is the veg sources that I need the most on the day to day basis. Very helpful article.

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  • April 2, 2019 at 6:57 pm
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    Being a vegetarian, it’s good to know about these plant proteins. I’ve already inculcated quinoa and soy protein in our family diets.

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  • April 2, 2019 at 7:02 pm
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    That’s an informative detail about protein. Thanks for sharing this in detail with us.

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  • April 2, 2019 at 8:38 pm
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    Proteins are so much essential in our daily life.
    Personally, I have boiled eggs daily to complete my dose of protein intake.

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  • April 2, 2019 at 10:00 pm
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    I like protein in my diet and always to include protein in each meal.Thanks for sharing

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  • April 2, 2019 at 10:24 pm
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    My son loves anything with protein but he is not very keen on soya protein. I try to give him soya chunks in pulav saying its chicken chunks so he eats them Haha.

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  • April 2, 2019 at 10:49 pm
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    That’s a very informative post on proteins. I didn’t know peas also had protein in it. Thanks for sharing this information.

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  • April 3, 2019 at 8:49 am
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    Protein is necessary for our body and these sources of proteins are best to have balanced amount of protein in our body.

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