279. Minding Your Peas and Qs: Plant Protein and the Quest for Wellness, Quality and Functionality

FNCE Recorded Sessions from 2017

Protein's benefits are far reaching, and its appeal has moved beyond hardcore users.

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This product is free for those who attended FNCE® 2017.

Protein's benefits are far reaching, and its appeal has moved beyond hardcore users. Evolving research supports the role of proteins for active lifestyles, muscle health, aging, weight management, wellness and cardiometabolic health. The demand for plant proteins continues to rise, with multiple factors contributing to this growth, such as food safety, ethics, food intolerances, sustainability, and a proactive approach to health and wellbeing. Alternatives go beyond soy-free to include products with pea, pulse, nut and seed, rice, hemp, and oat proteins, among others.

However, most plant proteins, with a few exceptions, are not complete proteins, and require proper complementation to meet the protein quality requirements. Plant proteins will be discussed in terms of nutritional and health impact of diets with plant-based protein, new methods of quality assessment, guidance for people with increased needs, and their role in addressing global food security.

CPEU: 1.5
CPE Level: 2
Learning Codes: 2070, 4030, 4070

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the use of plant proteins to address nutritional needs of individuals
  • Summarize different protein quality assessments in evaluating plant proteins and developing plant protein products
  • Incorporate plant proteins into a balanced diet plan that supports wellness and functionality


  • Alice Henneman, MS, RDN
  • James House, PhD


  • Mindy Hermann, MBA, RDN
  • SKU FNCE17279