Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Reassuring Parents: Protein

If you've already told your parents that you want to be a vegetarian, you've probably been asked this question: How will you get protein??? You may be wondering, do I need protein? I'll start with the second question. Yes, you do need protein. Protein is needed to make your body function properly. As a teenager, it helps you grow and develop. A lot of people get their protein from eating meat, but of course, as a vegetarian, you don't eat meat. So, back to the first question, how will you get protein as a vegetarian? Meat is not the only source of protein in the world. There are many other foods that are very protein rich. In this post, I'm going to list a few of them!

Some sources are:
~Milk
~Cheese
~Yogurt
~Ice cream (not as much as other things, but yes, it has quite a bit of protein!)
~Other dairy products
~Soy milk
~Rice milk
~Coconut milk
~Nuts
~Peanut butter
~Eggs
~Beans
~Tofu, Textured Vegetable Protein, Tempeh, other meat substitutes
~Wheat germ
~Some vegetables

Most teens need 45-60 grams of protein daily. You might want to research how much a person for your age, weight, and height needs. As a vegan, you cannot get protein from eggs or milk, so you will have to do some more careful meal planning. With this information, I hope you can reassure your parents!

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