Why You Need Protein and why you should choose plant protein
One of the best things you can do to help you both lose fat and gain muscle is to up your protein consumption!
Research suggested consuming between 25 – 30 grams of protein per meal because of a proven number of health benefits, including:
Building Muscle Mass
Eating enough protein is a crucial step when trying to gain muscle, because when your body is lacking amino acids (found in proteins), you can suffer from muscle atrophy, the breaking down of muscle fibers in order to support energy needs of the body. Protein also assists in muscle recovery as well after strenuous activities such as exercising.
Stabilizing Blood Sugars
Studies show that eating foods high in protein can slow down the absorption of sugar and help with the management of blood sugar spikes.
This is especially important in the prevention of type 2 diabetes and balancing energy levels.
Promoting Brain Function
Proteins are full of amino acids that help enzymes, hormones and neurotransmitters for cognitive function. The brain needs a consistent supply of amino acids to keep concentration and energy at its best. When protein deprivation takes place, learning, coordination and focus suffers severely.
Increasing Weight Loss
Protein is very filling which contributes to an overall higher feeling of satiety compared to carbohydrates or fats.Consuming protein also causes the body to go through a process referred to as thermogenesis, which requires more energy to be exerted in order to digest food.
Things You Should Watch Out For in Vegan Protein Bars
Calories - The healthier bars are going to stay in the 150 – 300 calorie range. If you are using it as a snack, try and keep it around 150 – 250 calories. If you’re planning on consuming it in place of a meal, look to intake at least 300 calories.
Be sure to check the labels - Avoid products that have a laundry list of ingredients that you can’t pronounce. If you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t be eating it. Look for minimal amount of ingredients, most healthy bars will contain a lot of well-known protein and health sources such as almonds, pea protein, etc.
Protein - Pay attention to the protein amount, don’t settle for a bar with less than 7 grams.
Fiber - High fiber is best. When looking at the labels, select ones with more than 3 grams of fiber per serving. Fiber is known for its ability to keep you fuller longer. Fiber is also linked to reduced constipation, digestive health and lower risk of heart disease.
Sugar - The lower, the better. As mentioned, many products being sold today contain an absurd amount. They may look and advertise as a healthy option when in reality they contain up to 30 grams of sugar!