"If you're getting protein from a plant-based product, you're literally getting protein. You're not getting protein and cholesterol or protein and fat, which makes a big difference" - Olaoluwa Fashola (Founder of Casa Vegan)
For many people, veganism is a fad. For others, it’s an abomination. Yet, for a growing number of people around the world, a plant-based diet is a crucial way of life. The diminishing of lethargy, brain fog, excess weight, high cholesterol, diabetes and more has truly been experienced by so many after significantly reducing or eliminating meat from their diet. At the forefront, of this movement are innovative brands that research, curate and provide plant-based alternatives. For those who work-out or are focused on eating a balanced diet, plant-based protein alternatives are even more important. In Africa, specifically Nigeria, Casa Vegan is a leader in giving Nigerians delicious plant-based protein alternatives that provide significant benefits for your health. So, what exactly are these benefits?
1. Lower cholesterol
Yes, red meat is a staple in a lot of Nigerian and African foods. Assorted meat pepper soup and stew are on the menu at every Nigerian restaurant. However, the long-term damage eating these concoctions does to our bodies cannot be understated. Research shows that red meat is notorious for raising levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the sticky kind that builds up in artery walls. This can be averted by opting for plant-based protein alternatives. When you reduce your cholesterol intake you:
- Increase lifespan: For persons aged 20 to 60 years who are at low risk, we calculate a gain in life expectancy of 3 days to 3 months from a lifelong program of cholesterol reduction.
- Improve blood sugar levels: Excess cholesterol can make blood sugar levels too high
- Regulate your weight: As you reduce fatty deposits in blood vessels
- Stay healthy: Low cholesterol helps reduce your risk of heart attacks and stroke
As you can see, when compared with beef, Casa Vegan’s protein alternative’s cholesterol content is 0.
2. Similar protein content
Protein is one of the 3 major macros and is critical for bone, muscle and overall physical health. Nutritionists recommend that to prevent deficiency for an average sedentary adult you should eat 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight. For example, a person who weighs 165 pounds, or 75 kilograms, should consume 60 grams of protein per day.
Casa Vegan’s plant-based protein alternatives contain more protein per 100g than 70% lean beef. So, not only are you avoiding the damaging effects of eating fatty beef such as the cholesterol and increased risk of diseases, you are also providing yourself with more protein for the same quantity of food!
This will help you increase satiety and decrease your chances of idle-eating, increase your muscle mass and strength, maintain better bone mass, reduce cravings and desire for late night snacking, boost your metabolism and increase fat burning, lower blood pressure, help your body repair itself after injury and more. It’s undoubtedly better to choose a cleaner way to get your protein.
3. Lower fat content
Unless the meat you’re eating is lean, there is going to be a considerable amount of fat content. Whilst, some foods have healthy fats, such as avocados, olive oil etc. The saturated fat content in meat poses significant health risks. It can increase LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, which is a risk factor for heart disease. If the meat has been processed then it increases the risk of certain types of cancers, including colon and stomach cancer.
I have tried Casa Vegan products and was impressed with the taste and texture of their plant-based protein alternatives. I’ve been slowly transitioning away from meat to their products and I feel so much lighter, clear-headed and healthier than when I was eating red meat with every meal.
Will I ever go fully vegan? I doubt it. However, I know by dropping out of red meat and other nasties like sugar and alcohol, I have seen significant health benefits in a short space of time.