Meat means muscle, right?

Well, maybe. Because while animal proteins usually offer the highest proportion of essential amino acids, there is growing evidence the Western world is perhaps indulging in too much meat.

A new study at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, found plant proteins show a 5% reduction in your body’s bad cholesterol, which slashes your chances of contracting cardiovascular disease. Simply switch two servings of animal protein per day for a high protein plant source to exploit rewards.

It’s true that plant foods such as peas and nuts don’t yield a great deal of protein when taken individually – so what should you do? Combine them all. A salad bowl or stir fry comprising soy, peas, beans, lentils and nuts can easily match up to your macro needs.