Vegan protein question?


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Sandy asks…

Vegan protein question?

According to the protein calculator, my body requires 30 grams of protein per day. So today I ate 6 grams in tofu, 14 grams in bread, and about 35 grams or so in peanut butter. Are those adequate sources of protein? Is it better to get protein from various sources rather than just one? Are there different types of protein? Sorry if this sounds a little weird, I have an eating disorder problem.
No I don’t eat dairy, eggs, cheese, honey or any of that because I am vegan.

Author answers:

Yes, its best to get protein from multiple sources. The reason being is you’ll get complete protein that way.

Some good sources of protein are soybeans, avocados, bananas, beans of all kinds, peaches,peanut butter, soy milk, fat free yogurt if you eat dairy.

A lot of vegetarians focus specifically on vegetables when they make their meals or when they shake. That, however, is a mistake. That leaves out most protein rich foods and is not a very balanced diet.

I would not focus as much on amount either as I would complete protein. Protein being complete is what’s important.

For amount I would not go below 25-28 grams or above 45-50 grams.

Also, 6 grams of tofu is not exactly 6 grams of protein. Things don work that way. If the package says 6 grams of protein then that’s for 1 serving — not 6 grams of whatever is in the package.

The serving size is listed on the package, most always the back, at the top.

For whole foods the serving size its typically 1/4 — 1/2 of the whole food. Like, for example, an avocado; 1/2 of an avocado is most always 1 serving.

Edit:

A vegetarian diet is more than just vegetables. Whole grains, seeds, nuts, fruits, legumes, etc.. Are very important to consume as well.

Vicky, if she wanted to eat meat she would not be a vegetarian. She does not need to get protein from many sources to get complete protein either. Getting protein from many sources just gets her more protein overall and helps balance out the diet.

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