When Confronted With The Protein Question As A Vegan

When It comes to protein in a vegan diet, we really have to look at the quality as well as the quantity.

Out of the 22 amino acid building blocks, 9 are essential amino acids.  These are tryptophan, histidine, methionine + cysteine (either can fill for the other’s role as amino acids), isoleucine, threonine, valine, lysine, phenylalanine + tyrosine (either), and leucine.  As I already posted before about tofu, I am providing more information that it’s possible for one to live on a vegan diet.

So let’s compare eggs to nuts and seeds (with information from http://nutritiondata.self.com/ and Becoming Vegan)

Here the chart shows that flax seeds (per cup) are better at providing the essential amino acids.  All 9 of them.

Besides the obvious flax seeds, walnuts are quite equivalent to eggs in terms of providing amino acids in percentage by weight.

Now, when I put tofu in there…  There is no competition.  Tofu wins by…  A lot.

Now, if you want to get the same amount of nutrients, eggs will provide you with the additional cholesterol, which nobody wants, and not giving you the good omega-3.

So hopefully when someone asks about where proteins are from again, we are all informed about how much protein we get from different sources!


About leneatiengo

Vegan, without onion, garlic, leek, coriander/cilantro, hing (asafoetida), scallion, green onion, chives
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