Experts interviewed by

: he Jiguo, associate professor of School of food science and nutrition engineering, China Agricultural University.

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plant protein drinks are full of supermarket shelves.

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no additive “,” no pigment “,” zero cholesterol ” Nowadays, all kinds of plant protein drinks have become “new favorite of consumption”. Because of their rich nutrition and rich taste, they are highly praised by young people. However, is it really “able to supplement human body protein” as advertised by businesses? Life Times reporters investigate and interview experts to uncover the truth behind these concepts.

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plant protein drinks are popular.

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are sought after by many people compared with the well-known “public hazards” such as cola. After investigating and visiting many supermarkets in Beijing, the reporter found that there are many kinds of vegetable protein drinks on the market at present, including walnut dew, peanut sauce, sesame paste, coconut juice and other products, mainly canned, and some powder paste foods. All products will be marked with the word “plant protein beverage (product)” on the front of the most eye-catching. The reporter found that compared with the cold storage of other shelves, the vegetable protein beverage shelves are obviously bought by consumers. A customer who is shopping for a brand of walnut dew said: “they say walnut is good for brain. Come and buy several boxes of walnut dew for her daughter who is preparing for college entrance examination.”

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are not only so, but also popular in some small fast food restaurants. In a noodle shop, a bottled peanut milk is often ordered as a “food match” by customers. Compared with the relatively cheap carbonated drinks and juice in the store, vegetable protein drinks can sell three cases in a night. In the online supermarket, the monthly sales volume of any vegetable protein beverage is about 3500, even more than 1000. Some of them even “love to drink” for the whole family. The effect of

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on protein supplement is limited. What is the nutritional effect of

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as a popular vegetable protein drink? According to the reporter’s investigation, many consumers have a vague understanding of vegetable protein drinks. Some believe that “vegetable protein drinks contain high-quality protein”, while others think that “protein content is definitely not low” or “zero fat, more healthy”. However, he Jiguo, an associate professor at the school of food science and nutrition engineering at China Agricultural University, said that most people expected too much of the plant protein drinks and misunderstood them. Here are three nutritional truths about plant protein drinks. I hope you can understand them.

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plant protein drinks are not equal to high protein drinks. The reporter selects the most common five kinds of plant protein drinks on the market, observes the product ingredient list and the nutrition ingredient table, and finds that the protein content per 100 ml is about 0.6 g, which is no more than 1 g at most, accounting for about 1% ~ 2%. The net content of each jar (bottle) is more than 245 ml, which means that the maximum protein content is only 1.5g. A healthy adult needs about 50-70 grams of protein a day, which is obviously not enough. He Jiguo pointed out that many businesses can not add too much vegetable protein. For the sake of taste, the higher the protein concentration, the thicker the liquid will be, and the worse the taste may be. Consumers think that it is rich in protein, which belongs to cognitive misunderstanding. In addition, China’s food labeling standards stipulate that if a “high protein” beverage is claimed, the protein content in every 100 grams of beverage should be higher than 12 grams, and if it is calculated as per 100 milliliters or 420 kilojoules, it is required to be higher than 6 grams. The protein content of many plant protein drinks does not meet the requirement of “high protein”.

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plant proteins are not equal to high quality proteins. He Jiguo stressed that plant protein is not equal to high-quality protein. High quality protein, also known as “complete protein”, refers to that it can be absorbed by the human body and contains sufficient essential amino acids for human survival, growth and development. High quality protein mainly exists in various animal food, dairy products and bean products. Therefore, vegetable protein drinks can not be used to replace milk, eggs and meat products which are rich in high-quality protein. The sugar content of

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plant protein drinks is not low. Although many plant protein drinks claim to be “sugar free” and “contain xylitol”, he said it is difficult for such products to be sugar free. As long as the taste is sweet, sugar or similar additives are more or less present. Take a walnut dew as an example, it contains 3.5% sugar per 100 ml and 8.7 g Sugar in a can. In addition to other sources of sugar intake, it is easy to exceed the standard. The so-called “cholesterol” and “zero fat” in the publicity are purely conceptual “nonsense marketing”, because plants basically do not contain cholesterol, and artificial addition of cholesterol will increase the cost.

learn to look at two tables

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. Of course, vegetable protein drinks are not without merit. Compared with other milk drinks and carbonated drinks, vegetable protein drinks have relatively low calorie and sugar content, and can take a small amount of vitamins and other beneficial substances while drinking. He Jiguo suggested that when purchasing vegetable protein drinks, they should look at the “two tables”: the list of ingredients and the list of nutritional ingredients. According to the habit of products, the ingredients with the most content are put at the front. If the ingredients with the most contents are various additives and white granulated sugar, you must buy them with caution. The contents of various components in the nutrition composition table are also important references, and the products with low calorie, low fat and low sugar should be selected. He Jiguo suggested that because vegetable protein beverage is still a beverage in essence, it can not replace food itself. Young children should drink more milk and boiled water, try not to let children develop the habit of drinking sweet drinks. If you must drink, it is recommended to buy pure fruit and vegetable drinks. In a word, the protein content of plant protein beverage is very limited. If you want to supplement protein better, you should take it from food such as grain, meat and beans. ▲

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