High Protein Vegetarian Diet - some thoughts

by Webmaster, All4NaturalHealth.com

Are you looking to put together or consume a high protein vegetarian diet? Here are some of my thoughts on protein.

Many people have the mistaken idea that we need animal protein, and that there is insufficient protein in vegetarian diets. That is untrue. Read my discussion on vegetarian protein.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) actually stated that, on average, the American vegetarian consumes 150% of his protein needs, while meat-eaters consume twice as much as what they need.

Dr Richard Schulze calls high protein diets a "fad" and says that they are linked to many diseases. He adds that, today, a "low protein diet is known to be the safest, healthiest and the most promotive of longevity".

I believe he is mainly referring to animal protein, although excessive amounts of vegetarian protein should also be consumed cautiously as too much protein can hamper calcium absorption as well as deplete calcium reserves in the bones. It overworks your kidneys and liver, too.

If you wish to consume a high protein vegetarian diet, look no further than the following plant foods, which are good sources of protein - whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, lentils and peas. In particular, you may want to aim for amaranth, buckwheat, chia seed, hempseed, quinoa and soy.

Please be reminded once again that, in putting together a vegetarian diet plan, or for that matter any diet plan, a key point to consider is balance. More often than not, a balanced vegetarian diet is the way to go.

Of course, you may have special needs for extra protein, for example if you are an athlete or a bodybuilder, in which case you would want to consume more protein than the average vegetarian.

What are your thoughts on this discussion on a high protein vegetarian diet? Are you planning to consume a high protein vegetarian diet?

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