Coach Carol discusses protein

Most people consume twice as much protein but only half as much fiber as we need. And yet, we are obsessed with protein. Sadly, we’ve been duped. And we are paying the price with our health.

Animal products are loaded with cholesterol and saturated fat, which healthcare professionals tell us we should avoid to reduce our risk of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and more.

And it’s not just the fat. Protein from meat, dairy, and eggs actually turns on cancer, while plants turn it off. Studies show that diets rich in animal protein are linked to an increased risk of death from cancer, as well as many other diseases.

Animal Protein + Cancer Risk

The World Health Organization classifies processed meat as a Group 1 carcinogen and red meat as a Group 2 carcinogen. Simply put, meat causes cancer. And in one of the largest nutrition studies ever conducted, significant links were found between the consumption of casein – the protein found in dairy – and increased risk of cancer.

Animal Protein vs Plant Protein

Isn’t protein from animals superior to protein from plants?

The fact is that the opposite is true. Plant protein is far superior, giving you all you need without any of the health risks, plus tons of additional benefits.

The Protein Solution

All protein originates from plants, and plants have all the protein we need.

The very animals we raise and kill for meat get their protein from plants! And statistically, the average vegan meets or exceeds the recommended daily intake of protein.

Here’s a simple way to think about it. Health experts say we need about 10% of our calories to come from protein:

protein in fruit

Fruit

Average 5% Protein

Veggies

Average 10%-50% Protein

protein in grains

Whole Grains

Average 10%-15% Protein

protein in beans

Legumes

Average 20%-50% Protein

protein in nuts

Nuts

Average 8%-18% Protein

As you can see, you can easily get enough protein just by eating your daily calories! Even if all you ate was broccoli, you’d get twice as much protein as you need!

But if you’re still concerned, think about adding more legumes to your diet – beans or peas in your salad, hummus and snap peas for your snack, tofu in your stir fry, refried beans in your tacos, soymilk in your smoothie, etc.

“We take so much care about what kind of fuel we put in our car. We care about that sometimes more than the fuel that we’re putting in our bodies.”

- Woody Harrelson

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