What is the most common question you get asked from non-vegans? Of course, it is the old protein question and where to get it from.
Protein seems to be the main concern of every single person who even slightly considers going plant-based, but no one ever heard of a protein deficient vegan. Ever – because protein deficient vegans don’t exist.
The only way you could be deficient in protein is if you would not eat at all. The only people who are deficient in protein are starving people who have zero food and die of hunger. They don’t get protein – or any other nutrient or vitamin or mineral for that matter – because they have no food.
So if you ever, by any miracle, meet a vegan who is truly deficient in protein, please call an ambulance because they are probably close to dying due to starvation. No person who eats food in the developed world has ever been deficient in protein.
So do vegans get enough protein even though they don’t eat animals?
Yes. We get more than enough protein because plants have it. And unless you are starving you are getting enough protein no matter what your diet is.
Plant-based people get protein from foods, such as:
- Leafy greens.
- Hemp seeds.
- Chia seeds.
But do vegans get enough protein if they are athletes and want to build muscle?
Yes, a healthy plant-based diet is full of protein and most of the athletes that you know of, have built muscles on plant protein. They are winning and thriving as vegans.
Athletes like the ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek, skier Heather Mills, wrestler Austin Aries, strongman Patrik Baboumian, surfer Tia Blanco and arm-wrestler Rob Bigwood are all powered by plants – and they are just a small few of a whole group of vegan athletes.
The problem is not with the lack of protein; the problem in our animal-eating society is that people get too much protein. Yes, such a thing exists and it’s a problem. People are creating heart diseases and heart attacks by eating so many animals because they are afraid they will lack protein.
Eating plant-based is easy and affordable; you are protecting your body, health, the environment and other animals. The myths that veganism is expensive, a type of privilege or that the food is dull and boring are just myths that have been debunked about a million times.
My personal favourite plant-based proteins are beans and lentils. I eat beans every day and have never been scared that my protein levels were low.
Now it’s your turn to tell me what your favourite source of protein is? Have you ever been scared that you won’t get enough protein on a plant-based diet?
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p.s. – If you want to know the first few steps you can take to go plant-based, read this post that I wrote for you.