BREAKING NEWS: PLANTS HAVE PROTEIN!

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If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me “but, where do you get your protein”, I would be writing this blog post whilst gently swinging in a hammock, sipping an ice cold non-alcoholic Sangria on a beautiful and secluded island! Oh no, I’ve just reminded myself of the equally frustrating “if you were on a desert island” question! Ha ha!

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Let’s not bore ourselves with the science, vegan or non-vegan, I think we can all agree that protein is an essential nutrient and, is extremely important to our health.

What I’d like to share with you, is that I have been vegan for a little over three years now and I am thriving on plant based proteins.

When I became vegan, I kept asking myself “why did I ever think it was okay to eat animals” and, after much internal debate, I realised that almost as soon as we’re born we become victims of inherited thinking.

As a result of inherited thinking, the majority of us are led to believe that consuming animals and their by-products is our only option when it comes to dietary protein. This is misinformation and, more importantly, this lie is literally killing us because, whilst meat is a source of protein, it’s laced and laden with nasties.

DID YOU KNOW: the two main nutrients derived from meat are protein and fat? The human body needs vitamins and minerals to digest protein and, their scarcity in meat is what causes most people feel sluggish after a meat based/loaded meal. I can recall always having to pop the top bottom on my pants after eating a steak!

Also, meat is acidic and this is weakening our immune defences. I don’t want to jinx myself but, I haven’t suffered from a common cold, or caught any of the “bugs” that have wiped out my work colleagues, since committing to veganism a little over three years ago. This, I’m sure, is as a result of my body becoming plant powered.

Furthermore, as mentioned above, the factory farmed meat that humans consume today is laced and laden with nasties such as antibiotics, hormones, mercury (in fish), pesticides and synthetic preservatives. It is also extremely high in artery clogging saturated fat.

Contrary to common belief, not all vegans are pale, sickly and thin, in fact, none of the vegans I am connected with fit this stereotype, least of all me (damn you vegan cupcakes)! Ha ha!

If you still need convincing, there’s an abundance of well-known athletes who are thriving on plant based protein, David Carter (NFL footballer), Nate Diaz (UFC fighter), Torre Washington (bodybuilder), Patrik Baboumian (strongman), Venus Williams (tennis player), Tia Blanco (surfer), Peter Siddle (cricketer) and Tim Shieff (free runner) are just a handful.

It’s also worth mentioning that some of the strongest animals in the world are plant powered, elephants, gorillas, hippos and rhinoceros all derive their protein from plants.

If you’re unsure how much dietary protein you should be consuming on a daily basis, this protein calculator, by The Healthy Chef, will provide you with an estimate based on your gender, weight and exercise regime.

So, without further ado, my answer to this often asked question is, I get my protein from eating a variety of delicious and healthy plant-based protein sources including, but certainly not limited to:

Food Source Protein Per 100g Daily Value %
Almonds 21g 42%
Black Beans 21g 42%
Brazil Nut 14g 28%
Broccoli 2.8g 5%
Buckwheat (cooked) 6g 12%
Cacao 20g 40%
Chia Seeds 17g 34%
Chickpeas 19g 38%
Edamame (cooked) 11g 22%
Flax Seeds 18g 36%
Green Peas 5g 10%
Kale 4.3g 8%
Lentils (cooked) 18g 36%
Millet (cooked) 6g 12%
Nutritional Yeast 40g 80%
Oats 17g 34%
Peanut Butter 25g 50%
Pistachios 20g 40%
Pumpkin Seeds 19g 38%
Quinoa (cooked) 8g 16%
Spinach 2.9g 5%
Spirulina 57g 114%
Tahini 17g 34%
Tofu 8g 16%
Tempeh 19g 38%

Finally, whilst I am not a medical or nutritional expert, I am thriving on plant based protein, I am living proof that meat is not oxygen!

I have included some sources, however, what I’d really like to encourage, is for people to do some of their own research … leave no stone unturned … I think you’ll be surprised by what you discover.

http://livablefutureblog.com/2010/12/new-fda-numbers-reveal-food-animals-consume-lion%E2%80%99s-share-of-antibiotics

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/08/08/know-10-additives-commonly-found-meat/

http://preventdisease.com/news/12/031112_Decayed-Meat-Is-Treated-With-Carbon-Monoxide-To-Make-It-Look-Fresh-At-The-Grocery.shtml

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/insight/carbon-monoxide

http://nsrl.illinois.edu/content/benefits-soy

 

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