Key Nutrient Protein for Special Diets
People sometimes dispute the amount of protein needed for health, but everyone agrees that at least some amount is necessary. Your muscles, skin, hair, nails, and organs are MADE of protein, and while your body can create protein if it has all the building blocks (called amino acids) it needs, nine of these building blocks are called essential because they need to come from eating protein sources.
If you eat an unrestricted diet, the easiest sources of protein are meats, eggs, and dairy. People following a vegetarian or vegan diet, or who is lactose intolerant, often exclude these foods and can become deficient if they don’t pay close attention to other ways to add vegan supportive proteins to their diet.People sometimes dispute the amount of protein needed for health, but everyone agrees that at least some amount is necessary. Click To Tweet
One cup of broccoli contains about 3g of protein. If you eat 4 cups of broccoli (about 120 calories full of other good nutrients and fiber as well, to be sure), you can, in theory, get the same number of grams of protein as if you ate 100 calories of steak. Sot that is great, right? But read that closely and think about it: FOUR CUPS of broccoli. That is a LOT of broccoli. Furthermore, proteins are not all equal. Check out this uber educational (albeit snarky) blog on protein in broccoli vs steak for more information.If you eat an unrestricted diet, the easiest sources of protein are meats, eggs, and dairy. Click To Tweet
Who is most at risk of a protein deficiency?
- Older people who find meat difficult to chew, or are generally eating smaller amounts of food
- People following a vegan or vegetarian diet
- People who are lactose intolerant
- People who exercise frequently
- Pregnant women
In order to make sure you are eating enough protein, you may consider adding a quality vegan protein powder to your diet. You can add a scoop into your breakfast smoothie, make up a protein shake as a mid-morning or afternoon snack, or even mix a scoop of chocolate protein powder into your coffee, ice cream, or oatmeal! Get creative, and give your body what it needs.In order to make sure you are eating enough protein, you may consider adding a quality vegan protein powder to your diet. Click To Tweet
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