The ever so familiar protein question. Im sure many a veggie or vegan has been interrogated by it, and i’m sure it has been addressed by an internal eye-roll. Of course it is a myth you can only get your recommendation proteins through meat, yet this does seem to cause quite a lot of confusion amongst the meat lovers.
Protein is the building block in keeping our bodies together; building and repairing body tissues, makes enzymes and hormones and aids bones, muscles, cartilage, skin & blood. Our society seems to have an obsession with protein, many not knowing how to replace meat with plant based proteins, therefore sticking with an unsustainable food source that is high in
saturated fat and cholesterol in comparison to beans and veg. Often the argument of amino acids come hand in hand with the vegan protein discussion, yet food such as quinoa, hemp, chia, buckwheat and soy are abundant in aminos. Especially since the vegan diet is filled with soy, the argument is closed. Alongside these high protein foods are also: rice, black beans, seitan, tofu, chickpeas, nuts, split peas.
For men, the recommended daily intake of protein looks like 1 cup of lentils & 1 cup of tofu in other words: 56g. For women, it looks more like 1 cup cooked soy beans, 1 cup quinoa and 2 tbsp peanut butter, which is 46g on average.
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