What are proteins and why do we need them?
Should you worry about protein when you are on a plant-based diet?
What are good vegetarian sources of proteins?
People don’t have to eat animals to get enough protein. A reasonably varied plant-based diet provides enough protein to keep the body healthy. Moreover, plant-based foods are practically free from cholesterol and rich in fibre.
Good animal-free sources of proteins are:
· legumes (soybeans, lentils, beans, peas),
· grain (quinoa, wheat germ, oat bran, rice bran),
· vegetables (spinach, broccoli, kale),
· fruit (avocado, peach, figs, bananas),
· nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, pumpkin seed, penuts),
· soya products (tofu, soy milk, soy cheese).
- mentally/physically tired (especially if you need daytime naps),
- suffering from injuries/cramping/muscle soreness,
- unable to concentrate or focus,
- losing muscle, or unable to build it,
- losing hair,
- suffering from brittle/breaking nails,
- unusually susceptible to sunburn,
- suffering from headaches, fainting, nausea,
- cranky, anxious or moody or depressed.
Alexandra Jamieson, Vegan cooking for dummies, Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2011.
Stewart Rose, The Vegetarian Solution: your answer to cancer, heart disease, global warming, and more, Vegetarians of Washington, 2007.