7 plants that contain more than an egg

7 plants that contain more than an egg

Proteins belong, along with lipids and carbohydrates, to one of the three major families of macronutrients essential to the body. The public health authorities in France recommend an intake of between 0.83 and 2.2 grams of protein per kilogram per dayfor a healthy adult under the age of 60 (10-27% of daily energy intake). A 50-year-old adult woman weighing 65 kg should therefore consume between 54 and 143 grams of protein per day.

Animal proteins are a good source to meet these needs, but plants can also provide what is needed. To fill up on energy, we list the seven vegetables which, after cooking and per 100 gram portion, contain more than a large egg, more than six grams of protein.

Vegetable or animal proteins: what are the differences?

Animal protein comes from meat, fish, eggs and dairy products. They are relatively richer in amino acids that the vegetable proteins found mainly in cereals and legumes.

“To obtain a balanced diet of amino acids from vegetable proteins, it is therefore useful to combine different plant foods: leguminous seeds (lentil, beans, peas, etc.) with cereal (rice, wheat, corn, etc.)”, specifies the ANSES (National Agency for Health and Food Safety). “For example, a combination of rice and soy balances lysine intakelow in rice but high in soy, and the supply of sulfur amino acidslow in soy but high in rice.”

These combinations are particularly important for people following a vegan diet, but for those who follow a vegetarian diet, not completely excluding eggs or dairy products, the protein intake is generally sufficient and balanced.

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