5 Sustainable Protein Sources You Can Choose for An Eco-Friendly Diet

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1. Legumes

Legumes are a nutritious and versatile replacement for meat and are good sources of plant-based protein. Just as they are good for our health, legumes are also beneficial for the environment. They work with bacteria that convert atmospheric nitrogen into useful ammonia or nitrates. Legumes actually improve soil fertility and reduce dependence on energy-intensive fertilizers.  

2. Flaxseeds

Similar to legumes, flaxseeds are also a great source of sustainable plant-based protein, as it is rich in amino acids such as arginine, aspartic acid and glutamic acid that are made up of 18% protein. Organically grown and produced flax seeds no known significant damage to air, water, land, soil and forests.  

3. Chia Seeds

Apart from offering all nine types of essential amino acids, chia seeds are a high-quality plant-based protein which are becoming an increasingly popular ingredient among food manufacturers. They are a low maintenance crop that prefers moderately fertile and well-drained soils and have a low water footprint.

4. Sorghums

Sorghums are ancient wholegrains that have been renowned for its high protein content, and are also popular as a sustainable crop. They  are able to adapt to drought and heat due to higher efficiency when it comes to water usage and a natural tolerance to heat. With CO2 levels rising because of climate change. Sorghums will not contribute to the worsening situation, while still providing us a high protein source. 

5. Millets

Being rain-fed crops, millets do not require standing water in their fields, which eliminates the need for big dams, reservoirs and elaborate canal systems to get water to the farms. They have also played an important role in nurturing soils by improving their fertility and texture, thereby increasing the overall yield. These tiny yet mighty grains are environmentally, ecologically and economically friendly sources of food and nutrition.

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