As soon as you tell someone you’re raw, vegan, or some category of a vegetarian, everybody around you suddenly becomes a qualified nutritionist. They will become very concerned about where raw vegans get their protein from! Fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds sneakily have a lot of protein and it’s substantial when consumed in large quantities. Vegetables contain 20% protein, fruit has 5% protein, and nuts and seeds have 15% protein.
With that said, if you are eating a well balanced diet with these three components, you will be getting just the right amount of protein! Fruit does not only contain some of the protein we need, but it also has all nine essential amino acids. Green vegetables such as kale, spinach or any other dark leafy green can contain as much as 14-20 grams of protein if you eat two bunches a day! That may sound like a lot to some of you, so the best way to get in all of your greens on a daily basis is to blend them up in a smoothie or have them in a big salad! Nuts and seeds are full of protein in small amounts, such as an ounce of cashews with 5g, 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds with 7.3g, and a tablespoon of flax seeds with 2g.
In today’s world, the notion of how much protein we should be consuming on a daily basis is misconstrued. From protein bars to protein powders, most people are on a protein overload. For those of you concerned about losing muscle mass—if you are consuming the adequate amount of minerals, protein, and vitamins for your body—muscle building will be the same regardless of where your protein comes from (not animal products, in this case). Following a raw vegan diet with the proper balance of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds will undoubtedly meet the protein recommendations of the United States Department of Agriculture and the World Health Organization. Through a raw vegan diet, the body receives all of the essential amino acids that it needs in addition to consuming an abundance of minerals, chlorophyll and fiber. So that is where raw vegans get their protein from (myself included).
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