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Plant-Based Proteins: Are plant-based proteins healthier than chicken?

Current research does not suggest that plant-based proteins are healthier or better for the environment than chicken. Many plant-based proteins can be higher in sodium, but may contain similar amounts of protein and calories as animal-based proteins, including chicken.

The plant-based trend should not distract from the bigger picture that a healthy dietary pattern includes many plant foods—vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and nuts – as well as lean meat, like chicken.

  1. Hu FB, et al. Can plant-based meat alternatives be part of a healthy and sustainable diet? [published online ahead of print August 26, 2019]. JAMA, 1-3. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.13187.