Q: I am a vegan and try to get a fair amount of protein, but how much do I really need to keep myself healthy?
A: You should aim for 0.8-1.2 grams of protein per kg of your body weight. As a vegan, you are very attentive to your food, and you should have no problem calculating whether you are getting enough protein in your diet.
If vegans eat a variety of plant foods–cereals, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes–they’ll be fine. I’d much rather you get good quality, balanced proteins in your diet rather than through amino acid supplements.
Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting www.beekman1802.com.
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