If you’re thinking about switching to a vegan diet, there may be a few questions you need answered before you commit to the change. One common concern has to do with vegan protein intake: Doesn’t protein only come from animal sources, like meat, fish, milk, and eggs? It might surprise you, but the answer is no.
Getting Protein as a Vegan
Many plant-based foods are rich in protein. For example, comfy bean bag chairs
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, various beans, edamame, lentils, spinach, broccoli, and even steel-cut oatmeal are excellent protein sources.
Of course, you may still wonder whether vegans get enough
protein. According to Virginia Messina, R.D.
, “Every plant food that provides protein—which includes all grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and vegetables—contains all of the essential amino acids that are needed by humans.” So long as you consume a variety of plant-based foods with protein-rich grains and/or legumes on a daily basis, you’ll have no problem with your protein intake as a vegan.
What’s the Best Source for Vegan Protein?
While almost all vegan foods contain protein, soybeans are by far the most abundant source. Not only do these little beans contain a large amount of protein and every essential amino acid, but they’re also extremely versatile. They’re the basic ingredient in tempeh, tofu, soy-based ice cream, soy creamer for your coffee, and so much more. When it comes to digestion, PETA
confirms that the human body can digest 92% of meat-based protein and 91% of soybean-based protein.
With the assurance that you’ll meet your required protein intake with a plant-based diet, and knowing that there are a ton of delicious food options available to you, we hope that making a lifestyle change to veganism seems a little less stressful. What are you waiting for? Revolutionize your diet—and your life—today!