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What are the highest protein sources for vegetarians/vegans?

As long as you aren't eating the same food every meal, you will get enough protein on a vegan diet. Vegetables, potatoes, rice, grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and soy etc. all contain plenty of protein. ...
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Is meat protein really "better" than protein from a vegan or vegetarian source?

One difference between animal protein and plant protein is that plant protein breaks down much more quickly than animal protein (which is why that feeling of being horribly full for a long time after ...
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What are the highest protein sources for vegetarians/vegans?

This will not be a comprehensive answer and is intended to kick-start what might end up as part of a FAQ. Most pulses (the seeds from legumes) e.g. lentils, are a good protein source and are also ...
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Can you achieve sufficient daily complete proteins as a vegan if you only eat grains, fruits, vegetables and other whole foods?

It is very easy to get adaquate protein from whole plant based products. Below is an excerpt from an article in scientific literature. ... Protein needs are the nutritional issue for which there ...
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How much protein does Aquafaba contain?

Very little. According to the ESHA database, via https://cronometer.com/, 100g of aquafaba contains 1g of protein: If you're interested in making meringues or something with aquafaba, go ahead and ...
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Are insects a feasible source of proteins for the new millennium?

According to the FAO report, crickets have a live weight feed conversion ratio of 1.7. This means 1kg of live cricket requires 1.7kg of feed. Crickets are approximately 80% edible, giving a feed-to-...
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Cheapest vegan protein options

Actually I disagree with you that protein is a major obstacle to going vegan. It's everywhere! Grains and pulses are probably the cheapest protein-rich foods. Protein content in beans, peas and ...
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Is meat protein really "better" than protein from a vegan or vegetarian source?

One aspect of "protein quality" refers to how close a type of protein is to being "complete", i.e. containing all the nine essential amino acids in sufficient amounts. Most meat, fish, whey (milk ...
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Is "protein combining" necessary to be healthy on a vegan diet?

Incomplete protein sources aren't a bad thing. You just can't live entirely on only one. Most vegetables are only deficient in 1 or 2 amino acids (the components of proteins). However other vegetables ...
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Is "protein combining" necessary to be healthy on a vegan diet?

This article suggests that there are vegan "complete protein" sources: Forks Over Knives In practice, you probably will get protein from a variety of food sources; but I don't know that you will have ...
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Are there risks from eating too much nutritional yeast?

Nutritional yeast is best consumed in small amounts daily. Nutritional yeast is a very high source of niacin (Vitamin B3). The tolerable upper limit (TUL) for niacin is set at 30 mg per day because ...
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Is it bad for your health to consume less than the recommended 0.8 g of protein per kg of body weight per day?

The WHO recommendations are based on the necessary levels for 97.5% of the population, with a recommendation of 0.83g of protein per kg. However, the median person only needs 0.66g of protein per kg, ...
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Why is green gram, also known as mung bean, not a popular protein source?

As a European, my personal reason is that it is not grown anywhere near home, as opposed to many other legumes. According to this article, largest producers are China, India, Myanmar and Indonesia. ...
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How can I determine how much protein I need in a vegan diet?

If you are having issues reaching your protein goals, you can supplement your diet with soy protein powder. It's cheap, a source of all 9 essential aminoacids, and it has a bland taste, so you can mix ...
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Which plant-based milks have the highest protein content?

Soy milk is the only common plant-based milk with a protein content comparable to dairy milk, which has a protein content of up to 3.4g per 100ml (the lowest fat cow's milk sold has the highest ...
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Does any combination of a cereal and a legume provide the complete range of amino acids?

Yes, that is correct. Grains and legumes, for example, can be called complementary amino acid sources because when you combine the one with the other, you get all of the essential amino acids. Nuts ...
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Which essential amino acids are the most likely to be deficient in a vegan diet?

An answer has been given on the Health Stack Exchange: A vegan diet is based only on vegetal foods. If we analyze the amino acid content of different food protein sources (animal and plant ...
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Is "protein combining" necessary to be healthy on a vegan diet?

Most vegan diets are adequate for health (provide all essential amino acids) without any particular focus on protein combining. A poorly planned vegan diet may be deficient in lysine, but this can be ...
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Is "protein combining" necessary to be healthy on a vegan diet?

My understanding (if I'm allowed to answer here without providing references) is that "protein combining" used to be a talked-about topic. It's less talked-about now because now it's assumed that, ...
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Cheapest vegan protein options

Here is a list of foods ranked by grams protein per British pound, which may vary in the US, but not likely by that much (note its a bit of a random selection). The third column is protein per unit of ...
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Is it bad to consume large quantities of spirulina and chlorella?

This answer focuses not on the proteins but on the effects of the vitamin B12 found in Spirulina. TL;DR You can't be sure yet whether or not Spirulina is bad. There are not enough studies with ...
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Alternative meat imitation protein options that are GF and soy-free

Below are some soy and gluten free imitation meat products made by two brands that can be found in the US. Products that are vegan are italicized. Beyond Meat: (supposedly very similar to actual meat)...
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Body got skinny and gaunt; caused by not eating meat any more?

You need more calories If you are loosing weight, and you don't want to be, you aren't eating enough calories. You can use the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (they work for Germans too) to estimate ...
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High protein on-the-go vegan snacks

The good old, shelled or unshelled, salted or spiced peanut is hard to beat for price to protein ratio and wide availability. Of course, it is high in fat and sodium too. Watch out for (nowadays rare) ...
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Muscle development in adolescents

Yes. All you need to do is make sure you get enough protein and that you have a complete protein source with all of the necessary amino acids. Any time you combine legumes with grains, you have a ...
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What bean provides the most nutritional value, if any?

The best bean is variety The main concerns with bean are that many are incomplete proteins: they are relatively low in Lysine and Methionine. However, there are some exceptions. Most notably Soy is ...
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High protein on-the-go vegan snacks

Beanitos, Beanfields, and Boulder Canyon make relatively high protein bean chips that I buy in regular supermarkets and places like Target and Walmart.
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Why is green gram, also known as mung bean, not a popular protein source?

I think this is probably because most of the resources you are looking at were probably written by people from North America and Europe, where veganism and vegetarianism are niche lifestyles gaining ...
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Are all types of lentils equally good sources of protein?

Based on the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) food database (1 2), the standard reference for food comparison, there are small differences in the amount of proteins of several varieties ...
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