As health and nutrition trends go, getting more plant-based proteins into our diets is right on the money. Leading health bodies, from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to Public Health England (PHE), are championing plant-based protein for health reasons – plus it helps the environment into the bargain.
In the UK we have no problem meeting our daily protein target, with the Reference Intake (RI) set at 50g. In fact, on average, we tuck effortlessly into 75g protein a day. However, almost two-thirds of this is obtained from animal products – red meat and poultry account for 38% of our average intake, dairy products and eggs 16% and fish 8%.
Whether it’s in a shake or on your plate, it’s the nutrition food of the moment. But how much do you need? Here’s the low-down.
In the September issue of healthy food guide, Laura Day investigated the growing trend in avoiding dairy, plus giving you the pros and cons of milk alternatives.
“If you asked someone five years ago what type of milk they preferred, you’d have got a pretty straightforward answer: skimmed, semi or full fat maybe soya at a push. Fast-forward to the present day though, and the answer is likely to be very different” said Day.