Are you interested in pursuing a plant-based lifestyle but don’t know where to start? Read on for easy ways to swap out animal products for plant-based alternatives that still provide all the nutrients you need.
The first in our series Vegan Question of the Every So Often.
WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR PROTEIN?
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.
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!
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?
Protein. It’s at the heart of every conversation when anyone finds out you are vegan. Thanks to corporate advertising on behalf of the meat and dairy industries, people everywhere believe that the only way to get protein is from eating animals.
It is incredibly easy to meet protein requirements eating a vegan diet.
In fact, you don’t need as much protein as you might think.
First we’ll tell you the protein basics- what protein is and why your body needs it. Next we’ll tell you how to get quality protein from plants and how to calculate how much you need. We’ll answer the frequently asked questions about vegan protein and even debunk some vegan protein myths. Then, we’ll show you high-protein vegan foods, vegan meats, and even protein supplements- all served alongside solid nutrition information provided by a registered dietitian who specializes in vegan nutrition.
Because vegan protein really is everywhere.