While meat remains the primary protein source for most Americans, it appears that more people are considering serving up chickpeas instead of chicken more often. According to the market research firm Nielsen, 22% of Americans plan to cut back on their meat intake, and 15% of those surveyed wish to bump up their intake of plant proteins like legumes, nuts and seeds, according to a 2017 report from FoodNavigator-USA.
Health and environmental factors are likely the main drivers of this protein shift. While beef, chicken and other meats aren’t about to disappear from kitchens anytime soon, the plant foods in the chart can help active bodies get their fill of protein and plenty of other nutritional perks.
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