PROTEIN IN VEGAN DIET

by diana on March 8, 2010

in All the other good stuff

Probably the most asked question I get is “How do you get protein if you eat a raw food diet”

I actually have become to love that question because of the look I see on people’s faces when I answer it. I find that women, especially, love hearing the answer. Men…well, I think they are a little more addicted to animal protein than women are.

Below is information printed in the book “Eat To Live” by Joel Fuhrman, MD. This is a fantastic book. It is not new but I had seen other raw gurus mention reading this book when they got started so I thought I would check it out. It is so great! He has many cooked recipes but believes in a higher raw diet.

NUTRIENTS PRESENT IN 100-CALORIE PORTIONS

Protein:
Broccoli has 11.2 g
Romaine Lettuce has 11.6 g
Kale has 9.46
Sirloin Steak has 5.4 g

So now – what do you think??
Yes, people find it hard to believe that greens have protein. Well, they are not fat. They are actually 50% protein, 25% carbohydrate and 25% fat.

Then take a look at Cholesterol:
Broccoli has 0
Romaine Lettuce has 0
Kale has 0
Sirloin Steak has 55 mg

How about Saturated Fat:
Broccoli has 0
Romaine Lettuce has 0
Kale has 0
Sirloin Steak has 1.7 g

This is comparing 100 calories of each of these foods. How much is that in weight (oz)?
Broccoli – 12.6 oz (357 g)
Romaine – 25.1 oz (714 g)
Kale – 11.7 oz (333 g)
Sirloin Steak – .84 oz (24 g)

Now – that should tell you something. Think of how much you could eat of the greens and then how much steak.
ALSO – AND MOST IMPORTANTLY

The greens also contain vitamins, minerals and important amino acids that our body requires to stay healthy.

Steak has no Vitamin C or E. It is almost totally lacking in fiber, folate Vit A, beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, Vit K, flavonoids and thousands of other protective phytochemicals.

Most of the calories in meat are fat whereas in greens most calories are protein.

When you consider the fiber, phytochemicals and the other essential nutrients, green veggies are the WINNERS!!

THEY ARE THE MOST NUTRIENT-DENSE OF ALL FOODS

EAT YOUR GREENS!

LIVE HEALTHY & HAPPY!!


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