One of the #1 questions people ask vegans is… where do you get your protein?
The answer - plants, duh.
Or more specifically, seeds, nuts and legumes.
There are a couple of other tough questions for herbivores…
But isn’t plant based protein incomplete? Plant protein can be low in different essential amino acids, so they’re not as good as animal proteins for muscle building and repair, right?
That’s right… well, sort of. Having varied levels of essential amino acids isn’t necessarily an issue, thanks to your clever gut.
The latest clinical evidence shows our bodies hold reserves of essential amino acids (the 9 amino acids your body needs from food sources as it can’t make them itself), which combine where needed to create complete proteins for muscle building and repair.
If you’re interested in hearing more on the protein-combining myth - we love Dr Michael Greger from NutritionFacts.org’s video on the topic.
What’s important is that eating a range of whole foods - nuts, seeds, legumes, fruit and vegetables - to take advantage of the full gamut of nutrients they offer. Having a varied, plant-based diet is the secret to optimum health.
What’s so good about that third highest protein source then?
What we love about hemp seed protein vs most nut and seed sources is that it has an ideal ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 - too much omega 6 cause inflammation in the body. Overall, the experts recommend a 1:1 - 4:1 omega 6 to 3 ratio.
Hemp has a 3:1 omega 6 to 3 ratio, where nuts like almonds have a whopping 1700:1 and seeds like pepitas have a 124:1 ratio - our advice, eat these two in moderation.
Plus, hemp seed protein is an edestin-based protein. Edestin is a globular protein. It’s round, globe-like form means it’s easily absorbed through the gut lining and therefore more quickly put to work repairing and building muscle.
So where I can I find all this plant protein then?
Here’s the list…. :)