It is very simple for someone to find many vegan protein options in any diet, even a strict vegan one. Proteins are a staple of an everyday diet. People need them for the body to function adequately and correctly. An average person needs between 40 and 70 grams of this nutrient daily depending on your gender, weight and activity level. There are many options for even the strictest vegan to get adequate amounts from a variety of tasty and adaptable sources.
Most studies show that typical Americans are overly obsessed with protein intake, consuming often much more than they need. The recommended daily allowance is 0.36 grams for every pound a person weighs; studies show that most average diets include way more protein than what is recommended. About one in ten calories we consume should come from a source rich in proteins. Having extra is not necessarily a good thing and has been associated with osteoporosis and kidney disease. Although a vegan dieter typically gets less than the average American, they still can effectively get all the nutrients they need to function healthily and follow the guidelines provided by the RDA.
Vegan protein sources are readily available and can be easily adopted into any diet with taste and an epicurean flair. Some sources of vegan proteins are found in bean products such as any kind of soy product like tofu, beans baked in a vegetarian way, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, lima beans and numerous others. There are also many types of grain sources as well including quinoa, brown rice, seitan (a vegetarian wheat based “meat”) ,whole wheat pastas and whole wheat breads such as bagels, tortillas and crackers. Many foods have at least a little protein in them.
Other nutrient rich foods include nuts, vegetables and prepackaged vegetarian foods like veggie hot dogs and veggie burgers. Nuts like almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds and cashews are a little bite of protein with an added bonus of healthy fats to boost nutrition and digestibility. Vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and potatoes all contain proteins for your body and meet many other health needs. Varieties of soy milk and soy yogurts also contain some amounts of protein and are a nice addition to a vegan diet along with the packaged meals like burgers and hot dogs.
It is easy for any vegan to find many numerous and tasty protein sources that clearly meet the recommended daily allowance for intake. Too much consumption can be detrimental to your health so while protein is essential, it is not appropriate or healthy to pile it on to stay active, fit and in good health. Vegan proteins are readily available and easy to cook up in any meal.