We've already dispelled the myth around not being able to get enough protein on a vegan diet; in fact, in my case I probably get too much when considering the amount of beans, seeds, nuts and spinach I eat!
Yes, protein deficiency on a vegan diet is an absolute myth, and unless you're living in a field somewhere in a lost land eating nothing but flowers, it's doubtful you're not getting enough of those essential amino acids. You can read our post on this here.
To prove just how abundant plant-based protein sources are in everyday foods, and that of course you don't need to eat gut-rotting, cancer-causing meats and dairy products, check out the infographic below.
The sheer amount of high-protein vegan food sources on this list goes a long way in explaining why there's so many super-strong vegan athletes around today, and why more and more people are choosing a vegan diet for optimal energy and overall health.
It's time to get your protein on!
Thanks to Healthy Indonesia (https://healthy.co.id) for sending this in.
The Going Green Couple says
My wife and I just started going vegetarian this year after learning about how bad meat is for you. We eventually want to go completely plant based…were easing in to it. This list is helpful because I knew protein wouldn’t be an issue if we ate the right stuff but this comprehensive list of options shows us all of the options available. Thanks for sharing. Do you have 1 recommendation you would give to any new vegetarian or vegan?
Jan 25, 2017 at 8:24 pm
That’s great. The more I learn about nutrition and read the science the more I realize just how big the protein myth is. And that’s coming from an ex protein junkie. Pretty much every food has protein in it, and plant based proteins NOT inferior to meat proteins as once thought many years ago. If anything, people eat too much protein because of the scare mongering by the meat industry. If I had one piece of advice it would probably be to avoid the hearsay and study the latest research on nutrition yourself. That way when people challenge you with ignorance you can stay calm and present them with factual information. Have you read this: http://amzn.to/2jicz7m ?
Jan 26, 2017 at 10:06 am
The Going Green Couple says
I have not read that book but thanks for recommending it I think it would be a very beneficial read. As a former meat lover, I get a lot of push back from people who know me. They think it’s crazy that I’m giving up meat and its hard to explain sometimes why I gave it up. I hate that weird look they give me, but then I realize I used to give the same look to vegetarians, karma comes back around I guess LOL. Being able to present them with facts will help with that push back. Thanks for the advice!
Jan 27, 2017 at 4:44 pm
Excellent resource of plant based nutrition. As an athlete, my initial concern when moving towards a plant based existence, was maintaining a balanced and healthy diet. I’ve found greater increases in strength and power when moving away from meat.
Oct 22, 2015 at 3:53 pm
I noticed the same. When I first went vegan I was interested in how changing protein sources would affect my strength and endurance in the gym and playing football. Both of these increased, which I put down to my overall body health improving. I also got naturally leaner over time but maintained muscle mass. All in all a positive switch.
Feb 19, 2016 at 3:59 am