According to a study published in the scientific journal Food & Nutrition and undertaken at the University of Copenhagen, meals that are based around legumes such as beans and peas have been shown to be more satiating than meals based around pork and veal.
A protein-rich diet can help with weight loss and to prevent muscle loss as you age, which is why meat is often recommended.
The problem is meat production puts a greater burden on our climate than vegetable cultivation.
It therefore makes sense after seeing the results of this study that more plant-based proteins are consumed.
What research was undertaken?
In the study 43 men were served 3 different meals, which all consisted of either beans/peas or veal/pork.
The study found that those participants who ate a protein-rich meal based around beans and peas they consumed 12% fewer calories than those who consumed the meat-based meal.
Professor Anne Raben, the head researcher has this to say about the findings:
“The protein-rich meal composed of legumes contained significantly more fibre than the protein-rich meal of pork and veal, which probably contributed to the increased feeling of satiety.”
Those who ate the beans and peas with their meal found the meal to be more satiating.
“It is somewhat contrary to the widespread belief that one ought to consume a large amount of protein because it increases satiety more. Now, something suggests that one can eat a fibre-rich meal, with less protein, and achieve the same sensation of fullness.”
While this research is promising, more studies are promised to ensure there is definitive proof of this claim.