Time To Set It Straight: The Deal With Plant-Based Proteins
If you're tired of people saying "Well where do you get your protein?!"..then use this entire module as your back-up!
The Plant-Based Protein Myth: A lot of people think that a diet rich in plant-based foods does not provide adequate amounts of protein. I want to set the record straight and say that you will not be at risk of protein deficiency by eating primarily plant-based foods!
What Protein Really Is
Protein is made up of different amino acids. I'm sure you've heard before that amino acids are the "building blocks of protein" - which they quite literally are. So when people are discussing the importance of protein intake, it's really about making sure we are getting all of the amino acids our body needs in order to function properly.
There are nine amino acids that our body cannot make on its own, which are called "essential amino acids" - these are what you need to focus on when it comes to your diet, and you can absolutely get enough of these amino acids from plant-based foods.
A majority of official nutrition organizations recommend that individuals consume 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. If you want to calculate this for yourself, here is a handy dandy resource to do so!
How Much Do You Need?
The Difference Between Animal Protein & Plant-Based Protein
Here is the bottom line: animal proteins are complete proteins (meaning that the protein in animal proteins contain all nine essential amino acids). There is only a short list of plant-based foods that contain complete proteins, so this is why many believe that we can't get enough from a plant-based diet.
However, you certainly can consume all nine essential amino acids in a day by simply eating a variety of plant-based protein sources. So again, there is no need to worry about not meeting your protein needs.