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6 Tasty Vegetarian Sources of Protein

  • April 4, 2011
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6 Tasty Vegetarian Sources of Protein

Relying too heavily on animal-based proteins can make you fat, a new study finds. Fortunately, vegetarian sources are easy to come by.

By Emily Main, Rodale.com

We all need protein to survive. But there’s a common misconception that we need all our protein from meat, milk, and other animal-based sources. Past studies have shown that relying too heavily on red meat as a source of protein can impair your vision and shorten your lifespan, and new research published this week out of the University of Aberdeen in Scotland has found that it can also increase your risk of colon diseases.

According to a different study, also published this week, choosing vegetarian sources of protein can help you lose weight. Belgian researchers studied the diets of just over 3,000 adults and found that men and women who ate more plant proteins had lower BMIs and smaller waist circumferences.

Adults need about 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight per day, and it’s pretty easy to get your protein requirements from the following plant sources:

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7:56AM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:07PM PST on Jan 2, 2012

You can also add a grain like rice to a legume (bean) and increase the protein further, then add seeds like sesame and its even better.

7:54PM PDT on Jul 22, 2011

noted

9:23AM PDT on May 19, 2011

It is patriotic to eat right. We are a nation of sick people. Every hospital in this metro area has added on. Shape up, evrybody!

6:13PM PDT on May 7, 2011

Nice article!

5:51AM PDT on Apr 23, 2011

This is really useful, I never realised there was so much protein in vegetables!

7:56AM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Great info, I'm always mixing mushrooms with green veggies :-)

11:45PM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

thanks!

6:44AM PDT on Apr 20, 2011

interesting !

12:52AM PDT on Apr 18, 2011

sound ok

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