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Plant-based meat vs chicken: Slightly more protein absorbed from animal products

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Various plant-based meat packs seamless pattern. Hand-drawn vegan minced, vegetarian BBQ sausages, patties and others. Vector isolated illustration.
Various plant-based meat packs seamless pattern. Hand-drawn vegan minced, vegetarian BBQ sausages, patties and others. Vector isolated illustration.

Plant-based food is all the rage. In fact, the industry is beginning to blossom, even in South Africa. It has been so successful that the market for plant-based "meats" surged by 37%, while $3 billion was raised globally by plant-based start-ups in 2021, according to the Financial Times

Considering the surge in popularity and sales over the years, it is important to know how plant-based meats compare to animal meat in terms of health and nutritional benefits.

The findings of a new study offer an interesting perspective. When comparing the protein absorption of plant-based meat to that of chicken, they found that it was higher for chicken, but that the difference was only about 2%.

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