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Top Vegan Sources of Protein

Top Vegan Sources of Protein

The high protein diets like Atkins and South Beach have left many people thinking that eating high amounts of animal products are the only options to lose weight. That is simply not true. Most people actually eat excessive amounts of protein from these sources, creating high levels of acidity for their kidneys to address. Additionally, excess protein turns to fat in the body (I discuss this topic in greater detail in my new book 60 Seconds to Slim). Consider that our much thinner ancestors ate only about 5 percent of their caloric intake as animal protein while we eat 40% of our calories as animal protein—that’s a whopping 248 pounds of meat per person every year in the United States.

Whether you’re vegan or just looking to cut back on your meat, including vegan sources of protein at your meals can help balance body weight by regulating blood sugar and keeping you feeling full longer.

Here are some of the best vegan sources of protein:

Legumes, such as kidney beans, black beans, navy beans, pinto beans, Romano beans, chickpeas, soybeans, edamame (green soybeans)
Nuts (preferably raw, unsalted), including:  almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts
Seeds, such as chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds
Soy products (organic only since soy is heavily genetically-modified), such as tofu, miso, and tempeh
Dairy alternatives including almond milk, coconut milk, hemp seed milk, and soy milk

You may notice that protein powders are not on the list.  That’s because many are heavily-processed, sugar-laden, or contain neurotoxic monosodium glutamate in one of its many guises, particularly protein “isolates.”  Ground seeds are a much better way to add protein to your smoothies than by using protein powders.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.


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6:57AM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

Thank you :)

9:08AM PDT on Jul 15, 2014

I'm surprised coconut is on the list

6:58PM PDT on Jul 13, 2014

I know lots of vegans that manage to be in really good health.

10:09AM PDT on Jul 12, 2014


7:00AM PDT on Jul 12, 2014

Thank you for this information.

12:58PM PDT on Jul 10, 2014


7:57PM PDT on Jun 14, 2014

Getting enough protein is important, but so is getting a whole range of vitamins and minerals. It's always about variety. Eating vegan is possible, it's just not easy. It's more than getting protein, carbs, and fats.

12:50PM PDT on Jun 9, 2014


4:20AM PDT on Apr 29, 2014


5:24PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

Plenty of protein from plant sources

Still as Humans ARE OMNIVORES and many minerals, vitamins and more for our species, very few can truly be hard core vegetarians and fewer can be vegan

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