I love to cook, I love to eat, I love all things purple and I just happen to be vegan!
"Where do you get your protein from?" Every vegan alive has had this question asked at least 10 times. I personally can't count the number of times I have had it asked from not only non-vegans but vegans too. Many parents, peers, teachers, and coworkers will insist that without meat, vegans are certainly protein deficient. We have been programmed to think that getting enough protein is absolutely essential to living a healthy life when in fact it is not. If you like to do the research on the great protein debate a really good book to start with is Proteinaholic by Garth Davis, M.D.
In the book Proteinaholic Davis says he was shocked to find out during his research that none of the "Protein Gospels" you may have heard were even a little bit true. He goes on to list:
● Protein is not the key to weight loss—in fact, animal protein is one of the biggest factors behind the obesity epidemic, and, in virtually every study, animal protein is correlated with weight gain.
● Animal protein is not one of the healthiest foods around—rather, it is strongly associated with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and cancer, the primary killers of our time.
● Plant-based protein not only exists—it’s much better for you than animal protein and all plants contain more than enough to support every one of your health needs.
● A lower-protein (and low-fat) diet is the most effective way to lose weight, improve your health, and prevent future disease.
● Carbs, far from being the enemy, are (in their natural state) the source of human health, vitality, and vigor.
*list taken fro the book Proteinaholic
So you want to know how I and others on a plant based diet get their protein? Here is a list of 10 of foods that are commonly eaten by those on a plant based diet that contain protein.
10 Common Ways That Vegans Consume Protein
As you can see from the list above, it’s quite easy for a vegan to consume the proper amount of daily protein. Let’s say for breakfast you have a cup of oatmeal and a guava, for lunch you have a veggie burger with soymilk, for a snack, you have some peanuts, and for dinner, you have lentil salad with spinach, half a cup of cooked tofu, and kidney beans. That’s 82 grams of protein! Plant proteins are different from meat proteins, vegans should aim to consume 0.41 grams of protein per pound each day. This amounts to almost 10% of daily calorie intake. Therefore, an average 180-pound male vegan should consume 74 grams of protein each day. So as you can see it is possible to get plenty of protein on a plant based diet. When was the last tie you heard of anyone being dying fro being protein deficient? I'll wait......
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