Bioactivities of alternative protein sources and their potential health benefits

Food Funct. 2017 Oct 18;8(10):3443-3458. doi: 10.1039/c7fo00302a.


Increasing the utilisation of plant proteins is needed to support the production of protein-rich foods that could replace animal proteins in the human diet so as to reduce the strain that intensive animal husbandry poses to the environment. Lupins, quinoa and hempseed are significant sources of energy, high quality proteins, fibre, vitamins and minerals. In addition, they contain compounds such as polyphenols and bioactive peptides that can increase the nutritional value of these plants. From the nutritional standpoint, the right combination of plant proteins can supply sufficient amounts of essential amino acids for human requirements. This review aims at providing an overview of the current knowledge of the nutritional properties, beneficial and non-nutritive compounds, storage proteins, and potential health benefits of lupins, quinoa and hempseed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cannabis / chemistry
  • Cannabis / metabolism
  • Chenopodium quinoa / chemistry
  • Chenopodium quinoa / metabolism
  • Health
  • Humans
  • Lupinus / chemistry
  • Lupinus / metabolism
  • Nutritive Value
  • Plant Proteins / chemistry
  • Plant Proteins / metabolism*


  • Plant Proteins