Monday, September 10, 2012

How to get Protein into your Diet When You Don't Eat Meat

Basically females need 46 grams of protein and males need 56 grams a day according to the CDC. Of course it may vary slightly dependent on age, height, weight, and health. The general rule is approximately 8 grams of protein for every kilogram of weight.
  • Pumpkin Seeds  – 3.5 oz equals 38 grams of protein
  • Peanuts – 3.5 oz equals 24 grams of protein
  • Almonds – 3.5 oz equals 21 grams of protein
  • Chickpeas – 3.5 oz equals 15 grams of protein
  • Seitan (also called the “wheat meat”) – 3 oz equals 31 grams of protein
  • Tempeh (fermented whole soybeans) – 4 oz equals 20 grams of protein
  • Texurized Vegetable Protein (made with soy flour) – 3oz equals 13 grams of protein
  • Whole Wheat Bread – one slice equals 10 grams of protein
  • Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt -5.3 oz equals 15 grams of protein. P.S. Although an animal source of protein, Greek Yogurt has more than twice the protein of regular yogurt and is lower in sugar and lactose.
  • Garlic – 3.5 oz equals 6 grams of protein
  • White or brown rice, water cress, broccoli, asparagus, cauliflower or brussel sprouts – 3.5 oz equals 3 grams of protein
  • Hemp  65% of the total protein content of hemp seed comes from the globular protein edestin, which is easily digested, absorbed, and utilized by the human body. IT closely resembles the globulin found in human blood plasma, which is vital to maintaining a healthy immune system.
  • Spirulina  It is approximately 65 to 71 percent complete protein in its natural state. This is higher than virtually any other unprocessed food.
  • Soy is used by some but studies have found that it blocks the absorption of important minerals such as calcium unless the phytates have been removed, and soy contains high levels of phytoestrogens, which although beneficial in moderate amounts, can be counter-productive in large amounts -- particularly for children.
  • Whey protein is the collection of globular proteins isolated from Whey, a by-product of cheese manufactured from cow's milk. The protein in cow's milk is 20% whey protein and 80% casein protein.
Each person's diet is different, especially if you are dealing with an illness. Some people can't eat soy, dairy or nuts. It depends on if you are doing the Lyme, Blood Type, or Candida diet to what you may ingest to get your protein for the day.  

Here are some ways to get protein from your veggies.

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