Where's the Protein
Bountiful Vegan Diet
Veganism is a word that often scares people and why wouldn't it? Most people think a vegan diet is bland, lacking flavor, variety and, most importantly, protein! But these thoughts couldn't be further from the truth. Being a vegetarian for many years, and a vegan off and on, my diet consists of a multitude of foods, including fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and healthy fats. So you ask, where do I get my protein?
Whole grains, especially quinoa, amaranth and millet are perfect proteins as well as containing loads of vitamins and minerals. They are a nutrient-dense food and easy to digest. Secondly, vegetables with their high amino acid content are a great source of protein. Protein is comprised of amino acids and when you ingest amino acids, they turn to protein in the body. Legumes, nuts and seeds are all sources of high levels of protein.
Although it is true that we need protein to survive, Americans especially have taken protein to an unhealthy level. We are eating above and beyond what our bodies need to survive, grow and heal, which can lead to an acidic environment, arthritis, digestive problems and a whole slew of other ailments. Studies have shown that plant protein allows for the slow-yet-steady synthesis of new proteins in the body, which is the healthiest way to acquire protein.
So how can you transition to a vegan or vegetarian diet? It does take some planning and a level of commitment, but it's worth it. You will feel healthier, look better and possibly live longer. Remember your body is like a bank account and you are making an investment in your health. So give it a try, give up meat maybe once or twice a week, and “cash in” on the vast bounty of vegan and vegetarian choices.
Healthy Food Chef, Founder of Karma Chow, Author of The Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook: 125+ Delectable Plant-Based Vegan Recipes for a Fit, Happy, Healthy You
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Recommended Read: The New Becoming Vegetarian: The Essential Guide To A Healthy Vegetarian Diet by Vesanto Melina & Brenda Davis and The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health by T. Colin Campbell
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