Where do you get your protein?

It is very easy for a vegan diet to meet the recommendations for protein, as long as calorie intake is adequate.

Some Americans are obssessed with protein. We don’t need to be so obssessed because we do not need huge quantities of it. There do not appear to be health advantages to consuming a high protein diet. Diets that are high in protein may even increase the risk of osteoporosis and kidney disease.

In my opinion protein supplements are expensive, unnecessary and even harmful for some people.

The RDA recommends that we take in 0.36 grams of protein per pound that we weigh. For men, that is 56-70 grams and for women, that is 46-58 grams.

Dark green vegetables, beans/legumes, and grains are all good choices for vegan protein. If you include more vegetables in your meals than grains or beans, you’ll increase your protein ratio. Dark green veggies in particular, like broccoli and spinach, have a higher percentage of protein for their calories than other plant foods. They don’t have a lot if you look at the grams, but if you eat a lot in the day you’d be surprised how much they add.

*Information from healthyeatingstartshere.com, vrg.org, vegparadise.com

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