And for ‘perennial’, read unthinking…or uneducated if you’re feeling generous.
Getting enough protein is no problem. As a rough guide – if you wanted to keep tabs – you need around 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight a day. Slightly less, to be honest, so I, at an active 73 kilograms, require around 60 grams a day. An easily-met target and not one I really worry about.
I do think about it occasionally, naturally, but never ever worry. Wholegrains, cereals, beans, pulses, soy products, seeds, nuts – fruits even – are sources.
It’s in practically all food (although some popular foods like sweet potatoes have virtually none) so I would say that the average non-junk-food vegan eating a decent variety of food has nothing to worry about, variety being a key word.
If you live on salad, or you’re a ‘fruitarian’, maybe you should think about protein a little. Not worry of course, just make sure you eat plenty of seeds and nuts. If you’re very very active, think about it a little more.
Here’s a thing: people generally eat too much protein. This is mainly true of meat-eaters. Too much can upset your protein/calcium balance and can make your body more acidic, leaching calcium from your bones, possibly causing kidney stones.
So where do I get my protein? Who cares? I don’t. Life’s too short to worry.
Post 0001, 26/07/2018