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Lesson 3: Macronutrients 1: Protein Myth-Busting

Busting Myths About Plant-based Protein

Part 1 of a two-part lesson on micronutrients, this video debunks the myths of plant-based protein. All three macronutrients—carbohydrates, protein, and fat—are equally important for survival, but none is plagued by as many myths as protein. The National Food Guide Pyramid most of us grew up with was built on the premise that a meat and dairy diet was essential for survival, with fruits and vegetables only playing a supporting role. The Thrive Pyramid reinvents this idea completely, emphasizing clean eating with a foundation of plant-based, balanced, premium nutrition to help you truly thrive.

Protein Myth Number 1: You Can’t Get Enough Protein from Plant-based Diets

The notion that plant-based diets lack adequate protein intake could not be further from the truth. You can meet your protein needs with a plant-based diet and with the clean eating side benefits of those proteins also being:

  • Low in saturated fat
  • Free of the growth hormones and antibiotics found in animal proteins
  • Alkaline-forming
  • Easy to digest
  • Better for the environment

Protein Myth Number 2: Plant-based Proteins are Not Complete

The word essential used before a nutrient means it has to be obtained from your diet because your body can’t make it. A complete protein provides all 10 essential amino acids, and contrary to popular belief, there are several complete, plant-based protein sources.

Protein Myth Number 3: Animal Protein is the Only Protein That Builds Muscle

Athletes build incredible muscle bulk and strength with plant-based proteins because you can get the same complete proteins from plant-based foods as you can from traditional muscle-building protein from animal sources.

Watch the video to learn more about plant-based protein and debunking protein myths.

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