Protein: Animal or Plant-Based?

April 17, 2017

What’s the best type of protein? A question a lot of us have been asking for a long time. Especially with the rise of allergies to cows milk protein and dairy, people are cutting down on dairy protein sources and leaning towards plant-based protein powder. But, not all plant proteins are complete proteins. Find out what’s the most suitable protein powder for you below. 

 

Reem Al Ahmadieh, dietetic intern is the author of this post and it’s edited by Baraa El Sabbagh, US registered dietitian nutritionist, sports dietitian, personal trainer at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and exercise diet center in Beirut, Lebanon.

 

Why are people always so concerned about protein?

The structural and functional roles of protein:

  • Repair body tissues after a great workout because of muscle breakdown and rebuild 
  • Maintaining body tissues
  • Growing body tissues
  • Supplying energy (a great concern for all the endurance athletes like runners, swimmers, or even body-builders)

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Two Healthy Protein Rich Recipes by Baraa Sabbagh, Dietitian, Sports Nutritionist and Personal Trainer

October 05, 2016

So many people ask us for healthy protein recipes and often they’re afraid of using whey protein as an ingredient. Some people worry about it having chemicals or additives but that’s not always true. 

What is whey protein?

Natural milk is made up of 2 main protein components: whey and casein. Whey protein is the quicker absorbed protein in the body (which is a great ingredient in healthy protein recipes). Casein is the more slowly absorbed whey protein. For that reason, athletes usually prefer whey protein to enhance the protein absorption rate to the muscles. The process to get the whey protein is not a chemical process but a dehydration as well as filtration process. This post is written by Baraa El Sabbagh, US registered dietitian nutritionist, sports dietitian, personal trainer at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and exercise diet center in Lebanon.

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Spirulina: A Rich Vegetarian Source of Protein

July 10, 2016

For all of you who are searching for a plant-based protein source, “Spirulina” is the answer!

 

 

A type of non-toxic microalgea called “Spirulina” has been consumed for centuries due to its remarkable nutritional value. It consists of high protein concentration in which protein makes up 65 to 71% of its dry weight. In addition, it is unique for its vegetarian, complete protein property necessary for health and contains a total of 18 amino acids. This post has been edited and updated by Baraa El Sabbagh, US registered dietitian nutritionist, sports dietitian, personal trainer at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and diet center in Lebanon.

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