As I continue to see clients and speak at public events about plant based nutrition, one of the most frequently asked questions that I receive is “where do you get your protein?” I’m still a bit amazed at the focus individuals place on the concern that if we aren’t eating meat we must be protein deficient.
Actually, we could be getting too much protein and not enough fiber, antioxidants and nutrients which promote optimal health. The estimate for protein needs ranges from 40 to 60 grams per day.
I’ve just completed the summary that addresses the concerns raised by many individuals. It’s a comparison of the amount of animal vs. plant based protein in various food sources. You will notice in the comparison that while you can get a lot of protein in a small amount of animal based food, that you can also receive comparable amounts of protein in plant based foods PLUS a myriad of nutrients and fiber and without the saturated fat that we know is harmful in large amounts. You can access the summary here. Please note that eating two hamburgers (or a double burger) provides more protein than what is needed in an entire day!
I’ve learned (the hard way) that everyone is not able, or perhaps willing, to become completely plant based in their diet, so my suggestion is to replace saturated fat from animal foods with as much unsaturated fat plant based foods as possible.
Any movement toward a reduction in animal based foods while increasing whole plant based foods in the diet will certainly increase your overall health.
Research has shown again and again the remarkable superiority of plant based nutrition.
This is the information that my clients are receiving and I hope, as visitors to my website that you will find it helpful as well. And if you are asked, “where do you get your protein” you too, will have the answer.