The merits of vegetarianism and veganism are well known.
Not eating animals is good for the environment, ethically sound, potentially more affordable and much better in terms of digestion, weight management and reducing the risk of cancer.
One of the most common questions asked of vegetarians and vegans is, how do you get your protein?
Given the importance of protein in the human diet, this is clearly an important question. Protein, most commonly associated with the consumption of meat or meat products, is essential for humans to repair damaged tissue while creating enzymes, hormones and other bodily chemicals.
Protein is essential for building and maintaining bones, muscle, cartilage, skin and blood. On a more practical level, protein (along with iron) gives us the energy to get through a busy day.
But meat isn't the only source of protein -- it's not even the most efficient source for us.
Vegetarians can obtain protein from animal products like eggs and dairy, sources not available to vegans. Efficient sources of protein available to all human beings, vegetarians and vegans included, are many. They include:
- Quinoa, often considered a superfood
- Buckwheat, great for cooking
- Soy in its many forms, including tofu
- Quorn, fantastic in a range of dishes
- Nuts, such a broad variety, check out more options here
- Hemp, not the hallucinogen
- Sesame, sunflower and poppy seeds
Everyday vegetables high in protein include:
- Green peas
This list goes on and on.
The fact is, plants are an excellent source of protein. Cows, however, are known to consume eight times more protein than they can deliver when eaten.
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