Welcome to Talk To Me Tuesday!

Since this blog is brand new, I don't have any comments from you out there. However, as I mentioned in my introductory post, on Tuesdays where I don't have your questions to answer, I will simply post commonly asked questions about Veganism.

One of the most commonly asked questions I receive when I tell people I'm Vegan is "Where do you get your protein?" Well, after doing some research I have found some very beneficial information from The Vegetarian Resource Group.
I extracted the following from an article posted on their website written by Reed Mangels,Ph.D., R.D.:

Some Americans are obsessed with protein. Vegans are bombarded with questions about where they get their protein. Athletes used to eat thick steaks before competition because they thought it would improve their performance. Protein supplements are sold at health food stores. This concern about protein is misplaced. Although protein is certainly an essential nutrient which plays many key roles in the way our bodies function, we do not need huge quantities of it. In reality, we need small amounts of protein. Only one calorie out of every ten we take in needs to come from protein 1. Athletes do not need much more protein than the general public 2. Protein supplements are expensive, unnecessary, and even harmful for some people.

In the article Dr. Mangel also provides a table containing the protein content of selected Vegan foods. To view the table and read the article in its entirety, click here.

So, based on this information it seems I answer correctly when I respond that our bodies do not need massive amounts of protein and that I do receive plenty from the beans and legumes I consume.