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Green Power for Future Generations

The world’s population is increasing rapidly. All people need to eat and there is no denying that protein supplies an essential part of a healthy daily diet. However, protein sources can exert an enormous impact on the environment and the world. Scientists around the globe are investigating plant-based alternatives to animal proteins. These alternatives can play a vital role not only in supplying essential nutrients but also doing it in a more environmentally friendly, sustainable way compared to animal proteins.

By the Numbers
While the current global population stands at 7.7 billion, some predictions estimate the number will grow to 9.8 billion by the year 2050. Correspondingly, food production needs to increase. This population growth means higher demand for animal protein; in fact, demand for animal protein might double. While animal proteins supply a full complement of essential amino acids required for human health, they also leave behind a huge environmental footprint. Some concerns, specifically related to increased animal protein, include the required amount of land, water, and feed necessary for its production, as well as emissions of greenhouse gases and potential issues with animal welfare.

The issues with animal-based protein extend beyond the land into the oceans. Researchers at the University of Western Australia and the University of British Columbia, who analyze global fishing trends, found that industrial fishing fleets have dramatically expanded their fishing areas, traveling double the distance to fishing grounds compared to 1950, yet catch rates are a third of what they were 65 years ago per kilometer traveled (Science Advances, 2018).

Plant proteins are certain to play a key role in meeting the protein needs of future generations and the growing population. The need for plant protein alternatives is critical and matching plant sources in the right combination can achieve adequate essential amino acid profiles. Currently, major industrial protein ingredients from plant sources include soy, wheat, rice, corn, peas, canola, and potato. Plant protein utilization can reduce demand for animal protein sources, thereby reducing environmental impact.

One study conducted in 2014 that compared the environmental cost of two plant-based proteins—one from beans and the other from almonds—to the cost of three animal-based proteins found that to produce 1 kg of protein from beans required “approximately 18 times less land, 10 times less water, nine times less fuel, 12 times less fertilizer, and 10 times less pesticide in comparison to producing 1 kg of protein from beef.” Beef also generated five to six times more waste compared to the other animal proteins, namely chickens and eggs (Public Health Nutrition, 2014).

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The Benefits of Purple Potatoes

 

Purple sweet potatoes are not only good for giving your taste buds a sweet taste but they also aid in cardiovascular helath. Purple sweet potatoes were originally cultivated around the Central American region. This starch-rich tuber plant is a dicotyledon, belonging to the family of Convolvulaceae, and named botanically as Ipomoea batatas. Purple sweet potatoes have a crunchy, starch-rich flesh that is loaded with a flavonoid pigment of anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber that are essential for great health within the human body.

Purple sweet potatoes are grown throughout the regions of tropical and warm temperatures. This potato requires efforts of sufficient water and they require little attention for their successful harvest. The tuberous root features an elongated shape with tapered ends that have a smooth outer skin with colors ranges from red, purple, brown, and white. Purple sweet potatoes should not be confused with yams which are another starchy root that is widely grown in the West Africa region. Both of these crops are distinguished because Purple sweet potatoes are dicotyledonous, relatively smaller in size and possess very thin peel. On the other hand yams are monocotyledons, larger, and feature thick, rough, dark brown skin depending upon the cultivar type. Internally purple sweet potatoes have a starchy, sweet flesh which, depending upon the pigment concentration.

Purple sweet potatoes are one of the higher calorie starch foods. The tuber, however, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. It’s main quality is a rich source of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals. The calories content also comes mainly from starch which is a complex carbohydrate. Purple sweet potatoes also have a higher amylose to the amylopectin ratio than regular potatoes. Amylose raises the blood sugar levels slower in comparison to simple fruit sugars therefore, it is recommended as a healthy food item even in if you are suffering from diabetes.

The tuber is also an excellent source of flavonoid compounds such as beta-carotene and vitamin-A. These compounds are powerful natural antioxidants. Vitamin A is also required for the human body to maintain integrity of the mucus membranes and skin. Vitamin A is also vital nutrient for healthy vision. The consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in flavonoids helps protect from lung and oral cavity cancers within the human body. These tubers are packed with many essential vitamins such as Vitamin B-5, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-1, niacin, as well as riboflavin. These vitamins are essential in the sense that the human body requires them from external sources to replenish. These vitamins function as co-factors for various enzymes for the metabolism to operate functionally.

Purple sweet potato provides good amount of vital minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium that are very essential for enzyme, protein, and carbohydrates to the metabolism. Purple sweet potato top greens are indeed more nutritious than the tuber itself and they  carry more iron, vitamin C, folates, vitamin K, and potassium but less sodium than its tuber.

Here at NutraCap Labs we carry Purple sweet potatoes as one of our premium ingredients. Let us help you formulate your next product for your line with this amazing ingredient. To get the process started visit us online at www.nutracapusa.com

Alfalfa Grass Has Many Benefits

Alfalfa grass which is better known as Lucerne is high in many natural vitamins and minerals. This includes Vitamins A, D, E, K, as well as the full spectrum of B vitamins. Alfalfa grass is also loaded with biotin, calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, potassium and many others, as well as being very high in protein. The alfalfa plant is primarily native to the country of Asia. This herb is one of the first known highly potent herbs available to humans for usage. It is a member of the Pea family which is often used to feed and give nutrition to animals. The word alfalfa comes from Arabic translation which means “Father of all foods”. Many people say this is because it is one of the most nutrient rich foods in history. Since the beginning of time Alfalfa Grass has been used for human consumption as well as to feed their livestock and to better fertilize their agricultural lands due to its abundance of vitamins and minerals.

So what makes this plant so extraordinary? When something is naturally derived from the Earth, the benefits that come from using it are abundant in nature.  With Alfalfa grass being so high in vitamins and minerals this plays as an advantage to anyone using it. Each vitamin and mineral has its own individual benefits that can nurture the human body.  Many researchers are surprised that this plant has so many different types of vitamins to be present in just one plant.  Another reason as to why it’s so great Alfalfa grass is also super high in protein.  Alfalfa grass is able to absorb more vitamins and minerals than the average plan because it has a root system that can reach as far as 60 feet into the ground.

Alfalfa grass has a list of health benefits that are nearly endless. It has been found that regularly ingesting alfalfa grass can aid in flushing the bowels of built up toxins. Alfalfa grass has been used widely for diuretic purposes which can aid in heart health as well as kidney health for people retaining more water than usual. Using a natural herb as a laxative or diuretic is much more beneficial than using an over the counter remedy is often more productive than over the counter “man-made” products. Many studies also show that Alfalfa grass has a direct connection with lowering cholesterol which leads to aid in preventing things such as heart attacks or blood clots.

Alfalfa grass is also very good at detoxifying and better purifying the blood. Purifying the blood with consumption of Alfalfa grass can lower blood pressure and balance hormones within the human body. We should also note that the healing properties against bad breath, sore or achy joints, imbalanced skin conditions are also benefits of using Alfalfa grass. When consumed regularly this great herb shows to have many immune system boosting properties which can prevent sickness or health issues within the human body. Alfalfa grass is often used in many fruits & greens superfood drinks. Just one scoop per day can provide all of the essential greens and vitamins you need to keep your health optimal.

Here at NutraCap labs we offer Organic Alfalfa Grass as one of our premium ingredients. Let us help you use this amazing ingredient in your next product for your line of supplement products. To get the process started visit us online at www.nutracapusa.com

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