Protein and other essentials
In order to benefit the climate, we are often asked to eat more seasonal vegetables and reduce the amount of meat and dairy produce we consume. But how much meat do we really need?
The portions of meat we eat tend to get bigger and bigger as the years go by. Glossy magazines show us well-filled plates. What is more, many trendy diets suggest that we eat a lot of meat and reduce our carbohydrate intake. It’s easy to get confused. What should I eat?!
One of the reasons we eat meat is because it contains protein. In order for the body to function and for us to feel good, we need up to 80 grams of protein a day. (100 grams of meat contain about 20 grams of protein.) Protein is essential for building up the body’s cell structure, for the formation of hormones, enzymes and parts of our immune defence system. But we don’t need any exaggerated amounts of the stuff.
Protein is found in much of what we eat: meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, pulses and grain. In addition to protein, meat also contains a lot of iron so if we replace met with other sources of protein we have to think a little about what we eat instead. And that is where the smart pulses come into the picture! Pulses such as chickpeas and lentils contain both protein and iron. Vitamin C helps absorb the iron, so don’t forget that versatile favourite, coleslaw!
Alicja writes that she now serves chicken so that one fillet is sufficient for two people. She puts more emphasis on delicious vegetables and other ingredients such as pulses. The chicken becomes a means of adding extra flavour to the dish, it isn’t the basis of the meal itself. Good for your health, your economy and the climate!
Christina Karlsson, ICA