In the United States, we have been taught for several generations that a plant based diet is deficient in nutrients and especially that we can’t get the protein that we need without eating meat. It is a relief to find out that I can get all of the protein that I need from eating food from plants. When I tell someone that I am vegan, a common question is, “How do you get the protein that you need?” I tell them that I get my protein from the food that I eat. Vegetarian do not need to combine specific foods within a meal as the old “complementary protein” theory advised. I don’t eat beans every day, but I eat a variety of plant food and sufficient calories and I easily get the protein that my body needs. I eat a lot of kale, chard and collard greens which has a rich supply of protein.
Some people use the word protein like it means the same thing as meat, such as, “you don’t have any protein on your plant.” “Yes I do, my vegetables have protein.” It is just that I don’t have meat, which has protein that is far superior to plant protein, right? No. T. Colin Campbell thought that animal protein was far superior to plant protein when he started his scientific career, but as he states in The China Study, he soon found out that plant protein is superior. Plant protein is far better for the normal function of the human body and for fight disease. Cancer cells grow faster with animal protein.
People can thrive on a plant based diet not matter their activity level. There are athletes who run marathons who are vegan. I would like everyone to know that plants give use energy and protect us from disease.