The most pressing question for most Vegans is “how do I get protein as a vegan?”. “Can I get adequate protein without eating animal products?” The quick answer to that question is YES! But it does take some effort. Here is how to get enough protein as a vegan!
Let start by explaining protein and its importance in our diet
All foods break down into three macronutrients, namely carbohydrates, fats and protein. If you are into fitness or have been weight lifting for a while, you know that protein intake is CRUCIAL for muscle growth, maintenance and recovery. This is because protein is a building block. Once digested protein breaks down into 23 different amino acids which are then used for various processes in the body including muscle growth and repair.
During weight lifting or strength training, we “rip” apart our muscle tissue by loading it with resistance. In order for our muscles to repair it (and subsequently grow to adapt to the loads it endures) it needs protein! All organs and other tissues in the human body also require protein so it is extremely important that we get optimal amounts of protein from our diet. This is much easier said that done! Most average people (on an animal based diet) often do not eat sufficient amount of protein (for their body weight and activity level).