Although I’m not a vegan or vegetarian, many of our dishes are and we often get the question from family and friends how we meet our body’s daily need for protein. And the answer is simple, most plants contain protein and it is a matter of adding the right kind of plant protein sources to your daily diet.

Actually many plants contain protein that matches or even exceed the protein quantity of beef, chicken, fish, and dairy, without adding cholesterol or unhealthy fats to your diet.

And on top of that, they provide a wide range of healthy nutrients such as antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, and minerals; and most of them neutralize acid-forming metabolites. Those metabolites are closely related to weight gain, weak bones, premature aging, and the risk of developing cancer and many other life-threatening diseases.

Click here to learn more about acid and alkaline forming metabolites and how they can harm your body.

 

How Much Protein Do We Actually Need

 

How much protein we need a day depends on our weight. A good rule of thumb is to limit protein intake to 0,8 to 1 gram protein per kilogram of body weight, which is roughly 10-25 percent of your daily calorie need. To convert your pounds to kilograms divide your weight by 2.2.

The Standard American Diet Or western diet contains twice as much protein as recommended. We need our daily protein. Proteins are the building blocks of our body, but we don’t need too much of it. Our body can’t store protein and it is eliminated through our kidneys and liver. Over-consumption is linked to several types of cancer, osteoporosis, and kidney and liver diseases.

ALSO READ: Carbs vs. Protein – get the balance right

 

Top 15 Plant Protein Sources

 

 

What’s your favorite source of protein? Or did I miss other plant protein sources that are worth mentioning, your feedback is more than welcome in the comment box below.

 

Thanks for reading. I hope this information was helpful. Until next time!

 

 

Amy Goodrich

Amy Goodrich

 

Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.

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