Where do you get your protein?
What is the best source of protein to achieve balance? Some claim that vegans do not receive enough protein in their diet. Hence, they are continuously being asked the proverbial question of, “Where do you get your protein?” This article provides great sources for vegan protein.
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12 Vegan Protein Sources.
Most people immediately react to a reduction in animal products as a reduction in protein. “How will I have any energy if I don’t eat meat?” or “Where do you get your protein?” We have been recently trained by the media and promotion for certain products to purchase and consume the foods with the highest amounts of protein.
The largest creatures in our animal kingdom do not eat meat or other animal products. Gorillas, cows, horses, rhinoceroses, and giraffes sustain their energy, and they do not eat meat, milk, yogurt, or cheese. Their diet is plant-based, and plants contain protein naturally.
As a society, our new, go-to fad is “more protein” via powders and yogurts, but in a balanced nutritional guideline, protein naturally occurs in fruits, nuts, vegetables, and seeds. There are many sources of protein. Almost all plants contain at least one gram of protein. And, of course, there are plant powerhouses that contain significant amounts of protein. The following short list of plant products and their related protein is not so you can start counting how many grams of protein you consume each day, but rather to give you an idea of plant-based products and their level of protein.
Protein is important, but if you eat a balanced plant-based diet that incorporates leaves, roots, stems, fruits, and seeds, you will naturally consume protein. According to a study by Morgan Levine, “Respondents reporting high protein intake had a 75% increase in overall mortality and a 4-fold increase in cancer death risk during the following 18 years. These associations were either abolished or attenuated if the proteins were plant derived.” In other words, eating plant protein reduces your risk for cancer and an early death.
Plant Sources for Recommended 50 Grams of Protein