Protein and the Vegetarian / Vegan

Ever since we have switched to a plant-based diet we keep getting the question – “How do you get enough protein?”

In North America, we have all been brainwashed into thinking that the only way to get sufficient protein in your diet is to eat meat.

We have the misguided idea that the ONLY place that protein exists is in meat.

That is simply not true.

We are also being told that our diet needs to consist of at least 10-35% protein, however, most North Americans consumer a lot more protein without even knowing it.

If you think that you only get protein from the meat you eat, think again.

Almost every food you consume contains protein – yes, even fruits and vegetables.

How Much Protein Do We Really Need?

According to Forks Over Knives, we need at least 4-5% protein in our diet and we should aim for a total of 8-10%.

The same blog post warns that getting too much protein, especially from animal protein, can lead to chronic disease.

Plant-Based Protein

Most of us already know that legumes are a good source of protein, but did you know that all these foods have protein, too?

  • 8 spears of asparagus contains over 3 grams of protein
  • 1 cup of cauliflower contains over 2 grams of protein
  • 1 ounce of peanuts (approx. 28) contains almost 7 grams of protein
  • 1 cup of cooked oatmeal (we often have oatmeal for breakfast) contains over 6 grams of protein
  • 1 ounce of almonds (approx. 24) contains over 6 grams of protein
  • 1 cup of spinach contains over 5 grams of protein
  • 1 cup of broccoli contains almost 6 grams of protein

And we haven’t even touched on all the other nutrients each of these foods provide.

So, as you can see, it’s not going to be all that difficult to get the protein you need without resorting to any animal protein at all.

Easier to Digest

Plant-based protein is also much easier for your body to digest than animal protein. So, you won’t have left over undigested animal protein sitting in your digestive track and decomposing for who knows how long.

Try It, You’ll Like It

We’ve heard from many people that when they switch to a plant-based diet, even for just a few days, that they feel much better.

Some, however, then go back to their old habits.

We know that old habits are hard to break. It’s taken us many, many years to finally make the break. And, we are now reaping the benefits.

Give it a try. Odds are you’ll like it!

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