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mexicanpotato
Sep 29th, 2007, 08:03 PM
I have a very limited diet (due to health issues) and so I basically eat fruit and nuts and drink lots of fresh fruit and veggie juices.

Am I getting enough protein? I eat lots of nuts and in my veggie juices I put spinach. I know the amount needed with each individual varies but in general, is that enough?

Thanks in advance!

foxytina_69
Sep 29th, 2007, 08:05 PM
probably not. if youre only getting veggies and nuts as a source of protein youre not getting all of the amino acids you need. you need legumes and whole grains too! i got protein deficient just by assuming i was getting enough and not paying attention to it. if you a eat a healthy varied diet than youll get enough protein.

mexicanpotato
Sep 29th, 2007, 10:41 PM
Yeah, I expected as much...I'll work on that.

Thank you so much!

foxytina_69
Sep 29th, 2007, 11:05 PM
by the way, welcome to the forum mexicanpotato :)

mexicanpotato
Sep 30th, 2007, 01:47 AM
Thanks again! It's good to be here

eve
Sep 30th, 2007, 07:42 AM
It's also beneficial to have a spoonful of flaxseed oil every day (keep the bottle in the fridge).

herbwormwood
Oct 5th, 2007, 05:44 PM
Nuts are a good protien source
http://www.vegsoc.org/info/nutsseeds.html
but it is unlikely you will be able to get enough protien just by eating nuts.
Try to vary the nuts so you include a wide variety of them. Also try to introduce some grains such as millet and quinoa, these are good protein sources, and some beans and pulses.
Here is a page about vegan protien
http://www.vegansociety.com/html/food/nutrition/protein.php
You will see that there are some good vegan protien sources:
Brazil Nuts
Sunflower seeds
Sesame seeds
Hazel Nuts
Wholemeal bread
Whole lentils
Chickpeas
Kidney beans
Wholemeal spaghetti
Brown rice

hazelbunny
Dec 9th, 2007, 12:12 AM
Been looking at the whole protein question a bit more closely since soya (the obvious solution) does not agree with me.

The biggest problem seems to not be quantity of protein but that most vegan food is missing the essential amino acid tryptophan. As far as I know all essential amino acids have to be present at one time to be able to absorb any of them.

Good sources are limited, but include (apart from soya which has bucket loads): cashews, brazils, acki, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts.


If anyone knows of any other good sources I would be delighted to hear of them!

Astrid
Dec 9th, 2007, 12:46 AM
As far as I know all essential amino acids have to be present at one time to be able to absorb any of them.

They don't all have to present in one meal, but I guess one should eat varied and try to get them all during the day.

Korn
Dec 9th, 2007, 12:51 AM
The biggest problem seems to not be quantity of protein but that most vegan food is missing the essential amino acid tryptophan. Good sources are limited, but include (apart from soya which has bucket loads): cashews, brazils, acki, sunflower seeds and hazelnuts.





Hi, according to some quick googling I found that almonds, cabbage, kidney or lima beans, oats, pistachios, poppy seed, pumpkin seed, spinach, wheat, corn and even evening primrose also contain tryptophan (please correct me, anyone, if I'm wrong - I never think about my protein levels but I know they are healthy, so I must be absorbing the protein I need)...


As far as I know all essential amino acids have to be present at one time to be able to absorb any of them. Not in one meal... that's a 30-40 year old myth.

hazelbunny
Dec 9th, 2007, 12:59 AM
thanks Korn :) that adds to the list quite a bit!

JC
Jan 8th, 2008, 03:01 AM
apparently amaranth is really high in protein. but to be honest, i'm not entirely sure what it is, other than some sort of grain :s

songlife
Jul 3rd, 2008, 11:34 PM
why does nobody ever mention hemp seed protein :P it's really starting to bother me.

hemp seed protein is the bestest! it has ALL your essenstial amino acids, though it's somewhat low in tryptophen, but you can get that from the foods listed above. it's got tons of fibre and everything, it's truly a superfood.

look up hemp seed protein.

herbwormwood
Jul 4th, 2008, 05:34 PM
Hemp flour is pretty cheap, there is a brand called Yorkshire Hemp which I have used. You can use it as a thickener to stews and sauces etc.

Reed
Oct 15th, 2008, 01:52 PM
apparently amaranth is really high in protein. but to be honest, i'm not entirely sure what it is, other than some sort of grain :s

Amaranth is an awesome high protein grain that a lot of vegan bodybuilders practically live on. You can pop the seeds like popcorn, or just add them to dishes unpopped for flavor and to improve texture. It's also high in healthy, mono-unsaturated fats, apparently.

I've been meaning to place an order for it in bulk online. Thanks for reminding me. :bigsmile2:

Anyway, as far as getting your protein in a drink, it's not a substitute for real food, but there are a lot of good pea protein powders out there which are an excellent supplement. I drink a pea protein drink with breakfast every morning.

null_void
Oct 15th, 2008, 04:10 PM
why does nobody ever mention hemp seed protein :P it's really starting to bother me.

hemp seed protein is the bestest! it has ALL your essenstial amino acids, though it's somewhat low in tryptophen, but you can get that from the foods listed above. it's got tons of fibre and everything, it's truly a superfood.

look up hemp seed protein.

Have you ever tried going into a normal grocery store and asking for hemp seed? They give you very strange looks. ;)

bradders
Nov 8th, 2008, 10:16 PM
in britain most of the supermarkets sell it in various forms my fave is golden crunchy snack form

Nyx
Jan 5th, 2009, 04:11 PM
Quinoa has all the essential amino acids and is high in protein (apparently gram for gram with meat). One cup of quinoa is equal to a quart of milk (from the book Vegan living for dummies).

To make this seed (which looks like a grain):

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water (or veg broth)
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
*could add some herbs if you like or seasoning, but try it plain first

Put the ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn it down to a light simmer and cover it. Let it simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Done. :) Enjoy!