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Vegan Diet: “Where Do You Get Your Protein?”

All Foods Have Protein!

I’ve been closely monitoring my protein intake for the past few days. The reason being that it IS important for a Vegan to get adequate protein. As I mentioned in my previous post, many people typically ask Vegans, “Where do you get your protein?”, and it’s simple. All foods have protein. Some more than others, but if you eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes; it’s easy to get enough protein on a Vegan Diet.

Today’s Protein Intake

Protein Intake: June 24, 2015

Yesterday’s Protein Intake

Yesterday's Protein Intake on Vegan Diet

Low on Lysine

Yesterday’s protein intake shows that I was a bit low in Lysine. In other words, I didn’t get that 100% needed for my daily dose of that amino acid. But today’s protein intake shows that I more than made up for it.

I think Cron-o-meter is an excellent tool for monitoring your protein intake. But it also proves that all foods have varying amounts of protein. Thus, you simply have to eat a wide variety of foods to ensure you get enough protein. Usually, it’s not an issue if you don’t eat animal products.

As far as quality of protein or amino acids?

Think about that for a moment. Amino acids are molecules that form chains of protein. Should there be a difference between animal proteins and plant proteins at the molecular level?

I think not.

If anything, a meat eater should closely monitor intake of animal products to make sure one is not getting too much saturated fat and cholesterol in the diet. Not to mention the uric acid, possible steroids, antiobiotics and other hormones that are pumped into the animals to make them plump.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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