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Plant-based proteins

mixed seedsProteins account for about 20% of our body weight, they help to build body tissues, enzymes, immune cells and are involved in all functions of the body. Protein needs decrease with age, excessive amounts burdens the kidneys and can reduce bone density. Proteins from legumes, seeds, nuts and pseudo-grains should account for about 20% of your total daily intake.

Sesame seeds provide 20% proteins that contain all the essential amino acids with higher concentrations of calcium than cows’ milk. They are high in lecithin, unsaturated fats, vitamins E and B complex. Sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds combined produce a complete protein; they are rich in essential fatty acids and B vitamins. They have three times as much iron, twice as much protein and 25 times more thiamine and vitamin E than any prime beefsteak. Nut butters, milks and spreads like tahini (sesame seeds) are convenient, but use in moderation. Also, soak seeds and nuts before consuming to activate their enzyme content and make them easier to digest.

If you are a big tea drinker you may already know that tea is high in tannin, which affects the digestion of protein, and inhibits the absorption of micronutrients. Try a cup of herbal tea every now and then in place of your regular cuppa.

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