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Plant Based Protein Diets

Plant Based Protein Diets

If you ask any vegan what's the most commonly asked question they get about being vegan it would no doubt be about where in the world they get their protein from.  Common misconceptions would have you believe that protein is only found in meat, dairy and eggs. That eating red meat, chicken, eggs, milk and cheese are necessary to survive and thrive in a human body.  But that's not true at all! 

Protein is indeed vital to human life.  Without protein we become fatigued and sluggish.  We have a harder time to digest foods and can loose muscle mass.  Proteins also help to trigger key processes in the body.  We can all agree that getting enough protein is very very important to us all. 

Daily Protein Amounts 

The amount of protein you need daily will vary greatly depending on your gender, your weight and your physical fitness level.  The more you work out, the more protein you need throughout the day to fuel your body and it's muscles.  Without fueling with the right amount of proteins your body can not adequately recover from workouts leaving your body drained and depleted even before you begin your next workout. 

The average sedentary male needs 56 grams of protein per day
The average sedentary female need 46 grams of protein per day
Those numbers increase depending on how physical you intend to be. 

Eat These Vegan Protein Sources To Reach Your Daily Minimum 

Amino Acids 

Protein is made up of amino acids.  There are 20 amino acids our body needs with 9 of those being deemed essential. If you do a quick google search you'll find countless articles stating that meat dairy and eggs are the only most effective way of getting these amino acids into your diet.  But we know that that's not the case. There are a handful of plant based foods where us vegans can get a well rounded amount of amino acids.  

Tofu, legumes, tempeh, nuts and seeds all combined together in a balanced diet will get you the essential and non essential amino acids your body needs to thrive on a plant based diet.  It's been proven time and time again that meat, dairy and eggs aren't necessary to preform at high levels or even to just function.  Some top athletes from a range of sports are vegan and have been for years. 

To Name A few:

This list doesn't even scratch the surface of all the athletes preforming at the top of their game all on protein rich plant based diets.  And yours truly who completed a half and full Ironman all while eating only plants.  
I guess what I'm trying to say here is that you can function and you can thrive on plants.  And if you really git into the nitty gritty of it all, that meat, dairy and egg heavy diet may actually be worse for your overall health!  But that's a whole other post on a whole other day! 
We continue to see the benefits of eating vegan.  In this day and age we have access to to so much information that the spread of misinformation can easily be squashed and debunked.  Protein can be found in meat but it can also be found in all types of plants and it's undoubtedly better for your health and the health of our planet. 

 

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