One of the first things that you are likely to hear when you mention to anyone that you're a Vegan will be 'But where do you get your protein?' Luckily that's an easy one! We Vegans get our protein from the exact same place that their protein gets its protein.... (Is that too many proteins?)
Cue light bulb moment......... PLANTS!
Now lets set the record straight, there are no recorded cases of 'Protein Deficiencies' in Vegans who eat a Whole Foods, Plant Based diet and are meeting their daily caloric needs. That is a diet made up entirely of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, nuts, soy, seeds etc. The issue of poor nutrition only comes into play when we look at 'junk food Vegans' who are consuming not much more than Coca Cola, Rice Crackers, Pasta, sugar and maybe the occasional vegetable. However this epidemic of poor diet is widely seen in Western Culture in non-vegans alike.
BUT FIRST, WHAT IS PROTEIN?
Lets keep it simple, Protein is one of the 3 primary macronutrients in our diets. The other 2 being Carbohydrates and Fats. It is an essential building block for the cells in our bodies to repair, grow and function. Protein itself is made up of amino acids, some of which we can create ourselves and some of which must be ingested through diet (Essential Amino Acids). Luckily for us, we can get all 9 of these Essential Amino Acids with the help of plants. When a food contains all 9 of these Essential Amino Acids, its is called a 'Complete Protein'.
Whilst we don't necessarily need to have Complete Proteins in every meal, it may be of help to people who are thinking of swapping over to Veganism and don't want to miss a beat. Alternatively, if you plan correctly, you will be able to get all 9 of the Essential Amino Acids needed each day from eating 'Incomplete Proteins' over the course of the day.