Plant Based Protein

27th October 2022

Let's start with the basics – protein is an essential nutrient for us. It is one of the main things that our bodies will use for energy and is necessary to repair, build and maintain our body. Animal products have lots of protein and there are also many plant sources of protein too. Plant-Based-Protein-hot-topic.jpgCompared to animal products, the protein in plant-based kai is richer in fibre, polyunsaturated fats, and carbohydrates.

FastTrack Kai-a-nuku is 80-90% plant based. So, what does this mean when it comes to eating meat? and what is the reason behind it? Glad you asked. We know that individuals who live in communities have a 90% plant-based diet. Meat is eaten sparingly or saved for special occasions which means bluezoners only eat meat about once a week. In FT we get protein from a variety of veges and legumes but also from things like eggs, fish and seafood – which are sustainable sources of protein.

Four main benefits of plant-based protein

  • Typically contain higher amounts of fibre which supports gut bacteria and digestion.
  • Plant protein foods are associated with lower the risk of inflammation, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease.
  • Eating plants as a priority is good for our environment.
  • Often more affordable and available than meat.

Types of plant-based protein

  • Tofu, tempeh, edamame
  • Beans, lentils, and legumes e.g. chickpeas, kidney beans, cannellini beans
  • Nuts and seeds e.g. almonds, cashews, pistachios, quinoa, chia seeds
  • Veges e.g. spinach, broccoli, kumara


A common question is will I get the full benefits of protein on a plant-based diet? There are guidelines on the recommended daily intake for protein, this can vary for individuals depending on their needs. But the answer is – yes! Protein from plants is more easily broken-down during digestion compared to animal protein. So, you will get more benefit from the protein available from FastTrack.