Young pea sprouts in soil.

Sustain Your Body with Sustainable Protein

You want your body to perform for years to come. How about your planet? There’s a way to accomplish both: consume more TB12 Plant-Based Protein!

Plants Pack a Punch

Pound for pound, plant-based protein gives your body more nutrients, such as phytochemicals & antioxidants, than animal protein. Plants, unlike meat and dairy, are also packed with fiber. Fiber aids digestion, helps maintain a healthy mix of gut microflora, and is strongly linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

That isn’t to say that all meat is bad for your body. Animal protein does contain vitamins and minerals, although in lower concentrations than in plants. Leaner sources, such as chicken, contain significantly less cholesterol-producing saturated fat than beef. But there’s no debate about which source is better for the long-term health of the planet.

Environmental Impact based on greenhouse gas emissions per gram of protein. Takeaway: Compared to beans, chickpeas and lentils, Beef and Lamb/goat produces around 23 and 25 times as much emissions per gram of protein.

Science Supports Plant-Based Protein

Lots of research from world-class scientists has quantified the unsustainable costs of raising animals as food sources. Consider these numbers:

  • 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to livestock production.
  • In the U.S. alone, beef accounts for 36% of all food-related greenhouse gas emissions.
  • One pound of lamb generates 30 times more greenhouse gas emissions than growing a pound of lentils.
  • Producing one pound of meat requires 800-1,000 gallons of water. Producing one pound of peas takes 43 gallons.

Woman takes a drink of Chocolate TB12 Plant-based Protein before a run.

Peas are Sustainability Superheroes

Switching to sustainable protein sources is easier than you think. For example, TB12 Plant-Based Protein contains 24 grams of protein per serving — all from peas grown and processed in the U.S.

Grown in the Midwest, these peas have a low carbon footprint, even compared to other plants. That’s due to two primary factors. First, peas require significantly less fertilizer than other plants, thanks to their ability to pull nitrogen into the soil from the air. That helps waterways stay clear of damaging fertilizers. That nitrogen stays in the soil after the plant is harvested, improving its quality. Peas are also more strategic with water usage. The plant’s roots only pull out water close to the surface, leaving deeper water reserves for other crops.

Small Changes, Big Wins

You don’t have to drastically change how you eat to make a sustainable difference to your body and the planet. Eating more plant-based protein sources can actually be a win-win. Your body wins with nutrition-supported longevity, while the environment gets fewer harmful greenhouse gases. That’s something we can all celebrate! 

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