There’s a lot of buzz about “plant-based proteins” nowadays. That is, protein from whole grains, nuts & seeds, and legumes (a.k.a. beans, peas and lentils). There are good reasons to include these in your diet, because they have multiple health benefits including their protein. Also, often, eating these things helps you reduce higher-fat animal-based foods, while still getting sufficient protein.
But a potential increase of plant-based protein should be third on your priority list of protein questions to address, man. Ask yourself:
1. Regardless of source, how much total protein should I take in each day?
2. Within the realm of animal proteins, is it important to shift from my current habits more toward “lean” proteins?
3. With decent answers to the above two question in mind, now, should I seek out more plant-based proteins (and if so, how do I ensure “complete” protein)?
Recently, I researched all this more formally than I had before, and started some behavior change accordingly. Hopefully what I’ve learned can put you ahead of the game.