Animal or Vegetable? ( Diabetes )
When it comes to choosing your proteins, plant proteins may have the edge over meats and other animal protein foods, especially for people with diabetes. Plant foods are low in fat, especially saturated fat, and high in fiber, while animal proteins add both cholesterol and saturated fat to our diets. Cutting fat and cholesterol is wise for everyone, but it’s particularly important for people with diabetes, who have an elevated risk of developing heart disease.
Researchers are still investigating whether plant proteins are beneficial for people with diabetic kidney disease. They’re looking at whether plant protein sources like beans, nuts, vegetables, and tofu are better than meat, poultry, fish, milk, or eggs. Discuss the latest research with your diabetes professionals.
We do know this: People in other countries who eat lots of soy protein and rice and less meat have fewer cancers and heart disease than Americans who eat lots of animal protein. Animal protein contains all eight essential amino acids that you need to build cells in the body. Because your body can’t make them, you must get them from the food you eat. You can, however, get all of the amino acids by eating a variety of plant proteins.