Being Vegan, I’m just trying to stay healthy as best as I know how. I’ve done my research comparing the Standard American Diet to the Vegan Diet. And to the best of my knowledge, the Vegan Diet is a healthier, cleaner diet. There is a LOT of good quality protein to be found in the plant world, so the Vegan Diet is sustainable. I have enough vegan protein intake to thrive.
And I’ve tried other diets too, like the Paleo Diet and the Zone Diet, which ‘allowed’ animal products. And now the Ketogenic Diet is gaining in popularity. But I can see the similarities between that diet and the Zone and Paleo Diets. They just appear to be all the same, in favor of animal products and abstaining from carbohydrates.
My Recent Vegan Protein Intake
Below is my total protein and amino acid intake from the other day.
I use the Cron-o-meter App daily to monitor my vegan protein intake as well as everything else: Vitamins and Minerals, Water, Fats, Carbs, and even my daily activities in which I burn calories.
I started using the app to prove to people that I was getting enough protein. As family and friends continually asked the question, “Where do you get your protein?”.
It became such a common question that I had to prove everyone wrong, and now family & friends don’t bother me with that question anymore, because I went out-of-my-way to actually monitor my protein and amino acid intake.
I have to study this because it’s the perfect balance of proteins and essential amino acids on a Vegan Diet.
I’ve done test days using the Cron-o-meter App, hypothetically eating a typical Standard America Diet, for the fast-paced busy American who goes to McDonald’s or a similar Fast Food restaurant for lunch, has the typical eggs, bacon and toast breakfast, and loves to eat a ‘juicy’ steak with mashed potatoes for dinner.
I’ll have to post a typical SAD day using Cron-o-meter, because one can see that there is just too much protein, while saturated fats and cholesterol go through the roof at +300 percent for each!
The Vegan Foods Responsible
I must say that the foods responsible for my achieving a perfect balance of proteins and amino acids centers around three foods:
- Brown Rice
- Black Beans
For some reason, the nutrients, protein and amino acids in these above foods help one attain a better balance. And these foods are cleaner, considered whole foods (as opposed to processed), and healthier.
In addition, there is less salt and sugar in the above foods than your typical Standard American Diet fare.
Vegan Protein Intake and Food Combining
Recent studies have shown that it is not necessary to combine certain foods at the same meal to achieve a complete protein source.
As long as the foods that contain complimentary amino acids and protein are eaten in a given day, a vegan should do just fine. Even if these complimentary foods are eaten in consecutive days, it should be okay.
See also: The Myth of Complimentary Protein
“I was shocked. If myths like this abound not only in the general population but also in the medical community, how can anyone ever learn how to eat healthfully? It is important to correct this misinformation, because many people are afraid to follow healthful, plant-based, and/or total vegetarian (vegan) diets because they worry about “incomplete proteins” from plant sources.” —Jeff Novick, MS, RD, Forks Over Knives
We are learning more about the human body, but what we DO know is that the body breaks down ALL complete proteins into amino acids before it is utilized. And as long as the essential amino acids are eaten on a consistent basis, it should provide enough amino acids for protein building. The human body cannot produce these essential amino acids on their own, but it can produce most of the amino acids required for protein building.
An Admiration for Horses
The horse is a perfect example of a mammal that is strong, fast, powerful and very muscular. And horses are vegan! They thrive on a diet of grains, oats, and grasses. Yet, they are used (and abused) for their speed and strength for horse racing!
Surely, humans are mammals too, and our long digestive tract and teeth suggest that we were designed to eat a primarily plant-based diet.
Are humans omnivores, though?
We have the ability to eat all sorts of foods from the animal and plant kingdoms. But statistics are proving daily that we thrive on mostly a plant-based diet and less on a highly acid animal foods diet.
But, one has to question the emphasis of the Meat & Dairy Industries to promote more meat eating and drinking of cow’s milk and related cheeses and butters. These industries are powerful and it’s primary intent is to make billions of dollars.
Are they REALLY concerned about our health?
Well, they promote animal products as healthy. Like, “Milk does a body good”?
The fact of the matter is, as humans age, many of us become lactose intolerant. And it makes sense. We’re being told to drink lots of milk that was meant for a baby calf!
Why not promote human milk, since it is truly meant for human consumption. Well, human baby consumption to be exact.
The more I study my own vegan protein intake, the more I see that I don’t need protein from animal foods in order to thrive.
My vegan protein intake is just fine.
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