Book Review: Plant Powered Protein2 months, 4 weeks ago
Posted on Mar 11, 2023, 11 a.m.
Plant Powered Protein: Nutrition Essentials and Dietary Guidelines for All Ages was written by Brenda Davis, RD, Vesanto Melina, MS, RD, and Cory Davis, MBA, P.Ag, the same authors who wrote Becoming Vegan. This book explains what protein is, where to get it, and how to use this information to achieve or maintain optimal health which comes in handy for those who are thinking about becoming vegan or incorporating more plant-based options into their lifestyle.
When some people are considering a more plant-based diet they wonder if they will be able to get enough protein. This book is a guide to help answer that question with a resounding yes with scientific studies, tables, charts, and in-depth nutritional analyses to show the abundant sources of high-quality plant-based protein. The authors also explain the roles of macronutrients and micronutrients as well as the amino acids that are found in protein that promote healthy growth. The authors even include the recommended daily allowances for protein of various age groups as well as offer suggestions on how to obtain all of the vital nutrients that each group requires.
The authors explain how plant-based protein has some key advantages such as having a lighter carbon footprint and distinct health advantages. Plant protein contains vital compounds such as antioxidants, phytochemicals, and fiber which all help to reduce the risk of chronic diseases while avoiding some of the undesirable components that are more common to animal products.
This well-written and easy-to-read book is accompanied by enticing photos that help to make it easier to put all of the provided and well-explained information into day-to-day practices. To make it even easier the authors have also provided menus, mouth-watering recipes, quizzes, cooking tips, and a daily guide to more healthful eating that will help with planning a nutritionally balanced diet to set you on the path of incorporating more plant-based options into your lifestyle.
This practical and comprehensive evidence-based eye-opening guide is the answer to the most common dietary questions for those who are considering a plant-based diet, specifically, where do I get my protein and can I get enough? The authors carefully explain the science behind plant protein and its ability to support muscle and strength performance as well as dietary issues that are on so many people’s minds to help them move forward with a more plant-based diet.
About the Authors
Brenda Davis, RD, is one of the world’s leading plant-based pioneers and an internationally acclaimed speaker. Widely regarded as a rock star of plant-based nutrition, she has been referred to by VegNews as the “godmother” of vegan dietitians and was the 2022 recipient of the Plantrician Project’s Luminary Award. Brenda lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Paul.
Vesanto Melina, MS, RD, is a sought-after speaker at health conferences worldwide. A consultant for individuals as well as the government of British Columbia, she is the lead author of the current position paper on vegetarian diets for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2016, Vesanto received the prestigious Ryley Jeffs Award from the Dietitians of Canada. She resides in Vancouver, Canada, with her partner, Cam.
Cory Davis, MBA, MSc.IM, P.Ag, is a professional agrologist who has worked in natural resource management since 2012. A lifelong advocate for animal welfare and environmental stewardship, he brings an integrated perspective to natural resource management and environmental stewardship. Cory lives in British Columbia, Canada.
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