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Myth: Vegetable protein is just as good as animal protein


Myth: Vegetable protein is just as good as animal protein

Just to be clear, we’re not opposed to getting some protein through plant sources. However, we would not rely only on plant-based protein sources, especially without using nutritional supplements.

A higher protein diet typically has 30% or more of its calories from protein. Put another way, protein intake is often 1 gram per pound lean mass to 1 gram per pound body weight, depending on one’s body composition. To achieve protein intakes that high without supplementation would be difficult with only plants, unless someone ate an enormous amount of soy. 

Aside from the difficulty in getting enough protein from plants alone, most are deficient in certain amino acids. It’s possible to combine them, but it takes some practice. Frankly, other than observational studies comparing one country’s food consumption against another’s, it’s hard to find a reason to recommend plant-based proteins over high-quality animal proteins.

For now, we just want to point out that the quality of proteins, and the amount per serving, in vegetable foods and animal foods is dramatically different. We recommend  all for eating plenty of vegetables and fruit each day, but it’s for the vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients, not for the protein they contain.



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