We need proteins for growth and regeneration of body cells, but also for protection against all kinds of infections.
Larger groups of proteins are called amino acids. Our nutrition should provide all 8 essential amino acids to our body to fulfill our protein needs.
Meat is not the only nor the best source of protein
Meatless diet easily compensate body’s need for amino acids because most foods contain protein. Eating a variety of plant foods, the body automatically has all the necessary amino acids.
You don’t have to worry about the protein intake, as long as the calorie intake is adequate. People usually put a lot of effort in the strict planning of protein intake, but in general, it’s not necessary.
The key for proper protein intake is in eating a varied diet. There are various sources of proteins for vegans like lentils, chickpeas, tofu, beans, peanut butter, soy milk, almonds, spinach, rice, potatoes, broccoli, kale, etc.
A Vegan diet also means less Cholesterol
Another benefit of plant proteins is that they are rich in carbohydrates and fiber (both abundant in energy), unlike animal proteins. Animal proteins, on the other hand, contain large amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol.
The Vegan diet is free of cholesterol and saturated fat. It means that a vegan diets reduces the risk of major chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer.
There are alternatives for fat intake in vegan diet like nuts, seeds, avocado, coconut oil, margarine, etc. If you’re not eating a lot of nuts, we suggest omega 3 supplements.
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