One of the biggest myths of the vegetarian diet is by not eating meat, vegetarians are lacking in protein. This claim is not only just a misunderstanding of the diet, but a misinterpreted view of how much protein an average person needs per day.
A reason why many think vegetarians lack protein is because they believe foods like vegetables, beans and nuts aren’t protein dense. The reality is many vegetarian foods have a great serving protein in them, you just need to boost the amount you’re eating to stay balanced with the recommended serving.
Another reason why people worry about protein in the vegetarian diet is because many are uneducated on the amount of protein we need a day. Before scrolling down, how many grams do you think we need per day? 70 grams? 80 grams? More than that?
Wrong– the average adult male needs only 56 grams of protein a day. To put that in perspective, the pre-workout protein shake you might drink in the morning clocks in at a whopping 17 grams of protein for one scoop. That is 30 percent of your daily amount before you’re even out the door!
As a one and a half year strong vegetarian, my biggest tip for you is to take a breath and stop constantly checking the nutritional labels. Most Americans who eat a healthy and balanced diet reach their daily recommended protein intake without even realizing, according to a New York Times article. Sit back, relax and start incorporating some of my favorite vegetarian foods that happen to be rich in protein!
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