As someone on a primarily plant-based diet, I can?t tell you how many times I?ve heard the words ?How do you get your protein!"” I find this ironic because I?ve never had a problem getting enough protein. But I get the confusion. Before I started becoming more vegetarian/vegan focused, I didn’t know the facts myself. So what’s the truth about protein"
How Much Do We Need"
The U.S. is fixated on this idea that ‘we gotta get more protein!’ However, the reality is, while protein is of course essential for our bodies and plays a role in how our bodies function, we do not need large quantities as some would suggest. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is a modest 0.8 g/kg body weight per day. This means only 1 calorie out of 10 needs to come from protein. Surely, this is not something to be particularly concerned about, especially if you are from a developed country like the United States.
You may have heard that meat (and cheese) is the best way to get protein, but there are SO many other non-animal based sources of protein. And as long as you are paying attention to what you are eating– as you probably should be doing anyway regardless of your diet– your levels should be fine. These fabulous vegan foods have the highest grams of protein: