I asked some questions about protein in another section of the forum but I think it would better suit this section. Also, this kind of branches into a different thing.
Ok, I’m writing a zine about Veganism and in the FAQ section I talk about protein. Is the information I give here accurate? I want to make sure before I begin to print it.
“Where will I get my protein?” I’ve been asked this question so many times (and you will be too) , so I’m gonna put it all out there. First off, you do not need so much protein! We’ve been sold the “protein myth” and have turned into a protein-crazy society. Proteins are simply chains of amino acids and you can get an intense amount of these amino acids just by eating green leafy vegetables. Protein is essentially the “middleman” for digesting amino acids into your body. Second thing to know…when you cook a piece of meat, or tofu, or anything…half the protein gets cooked out, breaking up the enzymes, therefore making it much harder to digest. Who knew you could up your protein intake and ease your digestive process by eating more raw foods? Third piece of information…The American Dietetic Association states that an average vegan diet gets twice as much protein as it needs. Still not convinced? After a year of being vegan I got my blood tested and the doctor told me that my protein levels (among other tests done) were completely normal. Yep, completely normal despite that I (1) “need” a lot of protein (I’m a runner), (2) don’t pay much attention to my protein intake, and (3) eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables. If you still think protein is extremely vital and can only come from animal sources, look at the people on VeganBodyBuilding.com and read their articles. Now, breathe in, breathe out, and don’t worry so much! I’m not saying you should avoid protein, not at all! But you need not worry so much about protein if you’re getting enough calories everyday and not eating tons of junk food. Refer to pg. 16 for veg protein sources and use VeganHealth.org.