Thursday, September 17, 2015

Eight great sources of protein that aren’t meat

I have been a vegetarian for over six years and always appreciate a reminder of the foods which have a higher amount of protein.

By Alexa Erickson via Collective Evolution, 14 September 2015


When it comes to protein, there’s a common misconception about how much we actually need on a daily basis. And in the fitness world, many people swear by living a high-protein diet to build muscle and aid in weight loss by making you feel fuller. But how much is too much?

The American Dietetic Association says that for the majority of active adults, they only need to consume 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram (1 kg = 2.2 pounds) of body weight per day. So for those that are consuming meat at every meal? They’re ingesting about five times too much of their recommended daily intake. On the other hand, too little protein is a bad thing as well. Protein malnutrition can lead to a condition called kwashiorkor, and can also cause growth failure, loss of muscle mass, decreased immunity, a weakening of the heart and respiratory system, and even death.

Meat is often looked at as being one of the top sources for protein, hence why so many scratch their heads in confusion as to how a vegetarian or vegan will go on without biting off a piece on a regular basis. But there are a lot of misconceptions regarding this ideology that ought to be cleared up. First off, we need to consume foods that provide us with the nine essential amino acids that our bodies are not capable of creating on their own.

While many have argued that meat is the go-to source because it provides the entire pack, there are some plant-based foods that also contain them. And others have a mix of some and a lack of others. That means, as long as you’re combining foods such as legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and whole grains on a daily basis, you’re getting what you need. Here are eight high-protein foods to consume that aren’t meat — and they’ll offer you a plethora of other benefits as well.

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http://www.collective-evolution.com/2015/09/14/8-great-sources-of-protein-that-arent-meat/

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