The short answer is yes.
Protein has become a multi-million-pound business. There’s a non-stop stream of new protein powders, bars and supplements to pump you full of protein, with the promise of growing your muscles and keeping you lean.
BUT WHAT'S THE TRUTH?
The truth is that protein is in almost every food we eat – even fruit!
Protein is made up of ‘building blocks’ called amino acids and 10 of these are ‘essential’. Essential amino acids can't be made by our bodies, so we must get them from our food every day to maintain good muscle metabolism, strength and repair.
Meat, fish and other animal protein sources are often called 'complete' proteins, which simply means they contain all 10 essential amino acids. Plant-based protein sources on the other hand are mostly 'incomplete', meaning they contain some essential amino acids – but not all. This is why protein complementation is very important for vegans (and often vegetarians).
WHAT’S PROTEIN COMPLEMENTATION?
It’s mixing and matching different types of plant-based proteins – like tofu, nuts, seeds, tempeh, seitan and legumes – throughout the day to make incomplete proteins complete. You simply need to eat a different plant-based protein source in every meal to get the right mix of amino acids for maximum nutrition.
If vegans don’t do this, they might miss out on some important amino acids – or not get enough of them. That’s why going plant-based does involve some careful planning, consideration and eating lots of different foods every day!
PROTEIN POWER TO YOUR DOOR!
At VVCo., we know it's not always easy or quick to cook from scratch. So when you're short of time (or energy), just tuck into one of our high-protein meals knowing it contains the right balance of amino acids for the day.
You might also like to try our PROTEIN POWER 6-MEAL BOX, where each tasty meal has over 18g protein. It includes:
DIAVOLO NO MEATBALLS
PIRI PIRI JAMBALAYA
TOFU SRIRACHA NO-MEATBALLS
TOKYO CHICK’N KATSU (60g protein – wow!)