We all know that one of the most basic and essential and nutrients in a proper diet is the protein. Most of the protein we consume comes from meat and dairy products. However, we have also discussed alternatives such as getting your protein from fish or a healthy handful of nuts. In this article you are going to learn about three sources of protein that we promise you have never heard of before!
The first source of protein is blue-green algae. Spirulina, a blue-green algae has now hit the hit the fitness scene so you can ditch the steak, yogurt, or tofu that you were used to. With its algae, nitric oxide, and glucose, the spirulina contains a complete protein. It is claimed that these three ingredients provide athletes with immediate access to protein and glucose, to help facilitate peak performance. Additionally, this form of protein is suppose to give us an energy boost that would only be achieved by consuming caffeine or other chemicals. Much research has even stated that spirulina contains the highest concentration of protein in the world which is approximately 60%
Another unique protein can come from peas. This option is great for both vegetarians and vegans. Additionally, anyone allergic to soy can still consume this type of protein and reap its benefits. Surprisingly, the pea being referred to here isn’t the one that you’ve been eating for years. It’s not the typical little peas in the pod, or English peas, but rather the field pea, which is the same one that is commonly dried and created into soup. However, if ground up, de-fatted, and combined with brown rice protein, you are left with a healthy and complete protein. The great aspect of this protein is that is serves as a great alternative by serving the needs of vegetarians, vegans, and those with certain allergies.
The last (and most shocking) form of protein comes from crickets! Hold your judgement, however. Chicken and sirloin steak contain 31 and 29 percent by protein by dry weight, respectively. Compare this to an astounding 69 percent protein composition that is found in insects! Obviously, nobody wants to chew on crickets so the founders of this protein have found a way to create cricket flour which is basically a high protein dust with little to no taste. This powder is then combined with a multitude of healthy ingredients such as almonds, honey, cocoa, and dates to make a tasty protein bar.