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Where do you get your protein?

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The first in our series Vegan Question of the Every So Often.


Likely the most asked question that is ever asked a vegan. So popular, in fact, that when asked the question “where do you get your protein vegan”, Google came back with about 7,670,000 results, ranging from videos, fact sheets, charts, interviews, and even a few songs! So, here goes with some answers.

Short Answer: Amino acids, the building blocks of protein, are readily found in legumes (beans), grains, vegetables (especially leafy greens), seeds, nuts, and the many soy products like tofu, tempeh, and soymilk. Eating a variety of whole plant–based foods will easily provide all the protein that we need. It turns out that most North Americans actually eat far more protein than their bodies require to be healthy.

Long Answer: The Vegetarian Resource Group provides a comprehensive article entitled “Protein in the Vegan Diet” by Reed Mangels, PhD, RD from Simply Vegan 5th Edition.

Chart Answer:

Interview Answer: Emily, the “Bite Sized Vegan” interviews well known doctor and nutrition expert, Dr. Michael Greger M.D. Lots of information and humorous, too!


Humour Answer:

Answer in a Song: Vegan Smythe, provider of cruelty free music and comedy, answers the question in this cute song!


Questions to Keep the Conversation Going:
1. Have you ever met anyone with a protein deficiency? Do you know the names of any diseases caused by a protein deficiency?
2. Maybe, more importantly, where do you get your fibre? (nutrient which 97% of the population is deficient)?
3. I wonder why some people choose to eat animals for protein, when we can choose to get our protein from plants?

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