CategoryNutrition

Seitan Amino Acid Profile (Is It a Complete Protein?)

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Seitan is a savior for vegan athletes and bodybuilders. It’s got similar macros to vegan protein powder, and yet tastes really good and can be added to many recipes. If this isn’t the first page you’ve gone to looking for seitan’s amino acid profile, it’s because there isn’t a single profile. The term “seitan” is the name of the meal, not a particular ingredient. It’s main ingredient is vital...

Tempeh vs Seitan vs Tofu: Comparing Taste and Nutrition [Data]

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Whether you’re vegan or just looking to eat more plant-based foods, tempeh, seitan, and tofu are among the best plant-based sources of protein. This post will look at 2 main things: taste and nutrition (mainly protein content and quality). Obviously taste is subjective, but I’ll go over the texture to expect, and which recipes each work best in. For the nutrition, we’ll compare some actual...

Lentils vs Black Beans: Nutritional Value and Protein

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There are many reasons you might want to compare lentils to black beans. So I did them all. Somewhere on this page you should be able to find the difference between the 2 legumes that you’re looking for. Whether it’s protein content, amino acid distribution, or nutritional value. Macro Comparison: Lentils vs Black Beans Let’s look at a high level breakdown for each legume. The nutritional...

Essential Amino Acid Profiles for All Nuts [Data]

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Nuts are one of the best bulking foods due to their high caloric content. They’re also a decent protein source when it comes to snacks. While you want to be mindful of the omega 3 to 6 fat ratio of nuts, you also want to make sure you’re eating other protein sources that compensate for any low amounts of individual amino acids in nuts. As long as you’re eating the complementary...

The Omega 3 to 6 Fat Ratio of Common Nuts [Data]

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Nuts are said to be a good source of protein and fats, but there’s that pesky issue of having a ton of omega 6 fats, and not many omega 3 fats. If you’re reading this, I suspect you already know why keeping a high ratio of Omega 3:6 fatty acids is a good idea, so I’ll get right into the data instead. I collected nutritional data for all common nuts that I could think of. If I...

Is Taurine Vegan?

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Taurine often used to never be vegan, but now it often is when you see it added to foods. This one’s going to take an explanation to understand. First, taurine only is found naturally in fish and meat. Plants do not make it. However, it’s not essential for human health, and the human body can produce it as needed. It’s considered a “semi-essential” amino acid, but it’s not used to form proteins...

The Best Way to Eat Kale for Nutrients (Research-Backed)

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Summary: Cooking kale lightly is the best way to eat it for nutrients. Steaming is the best overall, followed by stir-frying, and then boiling. Steaming results in the most overall carotenoids, antioxidants, and phenolic content. I’ve always heard arguments on both sides. Some say that raw kale is best, while others say that cooking it is best. Like most arguments on the Internet, they very...

Average Calories & Protein in Common Vegan Foods

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I do like to keep track of my calorie and protein intake, but I don’t always want to go to the effort of plugging them into Cronometer. So I decided to collect calorie and protein information for all the most common vegan foods that I (and I imagine others) eat on a regular basis. Then, I averaged out each category so I can do a quick and dirty calorie count each day without much effort. It...

The 5 Best Vegan Vitamin Brands in 2019

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I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s weird that many vitamin B12 supplements aren’t vegan. It makes things way harder than they need to be. That’s why I did some research and found the most popular vitamin brands that only sell vegan products, or at least mark them very clearly. If you see any of these brands in a store, online or offline, you’ll be able to tell...

Is Calcium Citrate Vegan?

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Calcium citrate is one of the most common absorbable forms of calcium that is included in supplements, and some foods. The good news is that calcium citrate is vegan. While you’ll find it in non-vegan multivitamins sometimes, you’ll mostly find it in vegan multivitamins. How is Calcium Citrate Made Calcium citrate is a salt produced during the fermentation of citric acid (which comes from fruit)...