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Veganism and Health: Protein

One of the newest assignments for Blogging 101 is to create a regular feature. Decided to start one about the health benefits of veganism and how to do it correctly. There isn’t many vegan blogs that focus on that, most focus on animal rights (which is really good) but knowing how to do it correctly is great too.

Protein. If you are vegan or thinking about becoming vegan other people will ask you about protein. Because protein seems to be the only nutrition that everything thinks you need. It doesn’t matter to them that most people don’t get enough fiber in their diet. All the matters is protein.

You can easily get enough protein in your diet by eating a variety of foods including soy, beans, and lentils.

“The RDA recommends that we take in 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram that we weigh (or about 0.36 grams of protein per pound that we weigh). (Vrg.org)” So if you are around 100lbs; you would need about 36g of protein (that’s an easy one which is why I used 100lbs.) Just take your weight and times it by 0.36 if you use pounds or 0.8 if you use kilograms. That isn’t a lot of protein. One cup of vegetarian baked beans is 12g of protein.

So if you eat a medium sized bagel (10g) with peanut butter (8g) for breakfast you would have eaten 18g of protein before starting your day. For lunch you have a cup of baked beans (12g) and cup of soy milk (7g) you would have 19g of protein for breakfast. You would have already made your 36g of protein (if you are 100lbs) before dinner. Then for dinner you have cooked quinoa (8g) with some broccoli (4g). That would be a total of 48g of protein.

So you don’t need to eat animal products to get enough protein. As long as you are eating enough calories you will get enough protein.

Sources:

http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.php

Author:

Passionate vegan. Catholic.

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