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"WOW, you are a vegan? Where do you get protein from?"
This is by far the number one question I get when I tell someone I am Vegan. For some reason our culture is extremely caught up in the idea that Vegans don’t get enough protein. I have a sneaking suspicion that the meat marketing people may have something to do with this. The truth is that North Americans get more than twice the protein they
Thank you for posting this Xiao :)! Actually I just got done with a 3-day nutritional analysis of myself, and I was very surprised that without tofu or even beans besides a few chickpeas, my protein is meeting my daily recommended limit. Fear over protein is so misplaced, though of course it is very important :)!
you're welcome Lauren.
Protein is not the issue. Us vegans need to watch out for B12 and Omega 3s importantly.
Unless you're trying to build muscle, you don't need a great deal of protein.
Just watch out for soy protein isolate. There have been some correlations with health issues. John Robbins cites this in his book No Happy Cows.
there has been a lot of issue with B12 for vegans. Any recommendation for it? I consume tempeh for my B12 source. how about you?
Supplements from the local pharmacy. Soluble sublingual are the best.
I believe wheat grass juice is a good source. And someone said walnuts once...though I'm not sure about that.
The juice company, Naked, has a drink called Green Machine: it has a good amount of B12. I guess look up the ingredients and make it at home--probably cheaper too.
thank you for your suggestion. I will try to find information about it.
Eric gives great advice, also fortified cereals are very good sources for fortified B vitamins. Including 12 I believe they regularly add 4 in total, including Niacin.
Here's the drink I was talking about:
I loved Naked juice so much that I actually began replacing it as my favorite store bought juice over Odwalla. Then I discovered that both Odwalla and Naked Juice's parent companies spent millions to oppose the passage of California Proposition 37, labeling of GMOs.
I've boycotted both and have decided to stick with juice drinks made in my own home. Besides that, the more I thought about the carbon footprint of packaging, labeling, distribution and bottles not being recycled made that decision even easier.
Food for thought ;)
Naked is a GMO company. It's owned by Pepsi.
mushrooms (champignons) and seaweed are great as well for vegans
Spirulina is a great source of B12 also nutritional yeast is high in all B vitamins.. High in b12 as well!