If you’re like most vegans, you’ve heard the question, “Where do you get your protein?” about a zillion times.
There are so many great ways to respond to people who ask, “Where do you get your protein?” that I’ve decided to make a list of some of the responses.
Here are some of the things you can say to anyone questioning your vegan diet with this protein-specific question:
- The grocery store.
- The same place you do. I get my protein from food.
- I get my protein from a wide variety of vegan foods, such as, beans, nuts, rice, quinoa, tofu, blue-green algae, and other delicious, high-protein vegan foods.
- All whole foods have amino acids which our bodies convert into protein. Carrots, celery, potatoes, apples and other whole foods have amino acids in them. We do not have to restrict ourselves to nuts, seeds, and beans. We certainly do not need animal products to get enough protein.
- I don’t worry about it since I eat a wide variety of healthy, vegan foods. Why are you worried about my protein intake?
- Where do you get your fiber? Where do you get your anti-oxidants? Where do you get your beta-carotene and vitamin C?
- Well, since a proper human diet only requires 10% protein, it’s really not that hard to get enough on a vegan diet.
- Animal based protein sources are actually harmful to human health. Plant based protein sources are better. So I choose to get my protein from plants.
- You know that foam at the top of a pint of beer? Well that’s protein. Protein is all over the place. So, don’t worry about me and my vegan diet. I get plenty of protein. Cheers!
For more information and examples, check out these websites:
- Food For Thought podcast “Turning the Tables”
- Vegan Health: Protein
- Where Do You Get Your Protein and Vitamins and Nutrients?
- Happy Cow: Protein
- The Vegetarian Resource Group: Protein in the Vegan Diet
- Naturo Doc: Vegan Protein Sources
- Dr. John McDougall answers Where Do You Get Your Protein?
Do you have a good response to the common, “Where do you get your protein?”