Plant-based protein foods: do they have the necessary nutrients?

Plant-based protein foods: do they have the necessary nutrients?

Plant-based protein foods have the nutrients needed for a balanced and healthy diet and, sometimes, they clearly exceed the accepted international standards.

This is because the nutrient intake of vegetable protein is part of diets that provide proteins, i.e. the macronutrients that, together with carbohydrates and fats, are essential for the proper functioning of the human organism.

According to the Institute of Food Technology and Nutrition of the CSIC, and in line with other institutions such as the American Dietetic Society, properly planned vegetarian diets are as healthy as they are nutritionally adequate.

The arguments provided by both organizations to support this conclusion are supported by scientific studies that have shown that vegetarian diets provide the necessary amount of nutrients and, in addition, can be beneficial both for the reduction of risk factors associated with chronic diseases and for the prevention and treatment of diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, hypertension or some heart diseases.

These conclusions, together with those that always underline the need for the chosen vegetarian diet to be properly planned, have also served to encourage suppliers and manufacturers of the food industry in the search for raw materials of excellence at source. Materials selected for their quality to produce foods that offer all the necessary guarantees, the required nutrients and organoleptic qualities demanded, every day with more force, by consumers.

In this context, companies such as Molendum Ingredients, a subsidiary of the Dacsa Group, offer optimum quality ingredients such as their legume flours, with a high contribution of vegetable protein nutrients from legumes, ranging from 19% to 36%, which make this family the main source of vegetable protein for the human species. A family that offers essential ingredients for the elaboration of products compatible with vegetarian and vegan diets, with high protein value, excellent nutritional contribution and antioxidant activity.

And in this line of foods rich in plant protein nutrients, Molendum’s Pésol Pea pea protein stands out, which has proven to be the best ally, both in wet and dry form, to replace meat and fish in industrial food preparations due to its high nutritional quality, of course, but also to its versatility, flavours and texture.

The nutrients of vegetable protein, present for example in vegetables; legumes; nuts and seeds; monounsaturated fatty acids, such as olive oil or polyunsaturated, such as sunflower oil, provide a sufficient supply of protein and nutrients for the development of daily activities, in other words, they provide nutrients from vegetable protein so that the body has the necessary energy.

And all these ingredients are used by the industry to produce plant-based food solutions such as Hi Vegs from the Dacsa Group, an innovative brand of plant-based products that offers different specialties, from hamburgers to snacks, from fabada to cocido madrileño.

Food proposals, based on vegetable protein, that provide the necessary nutrients for a well-planned, complete and delicious diet.