Proteins are an essential part of a balanced diet. They are essential for growth and repair of the body.
One of the biggest misconceptions about switching to a plant-based diet, is that it might not provide enough proteins.
The protein content of non-animal products is often overlooked by meat eaters yet vegetable proteins are present in a lot of plant-based food sources. And while animal proteins and vegetable proteins are not born equal, a balanced and varied vegetarian, vegan or flexitarian diet should bring all that you need.
Current official guidelines for protein intake suggest for adults a daily intake of 0.75g of protein per kilo of body weight which translates for an average adult to:
- Adult men need about 55 grams a day.
- Adult women need about 45 grams a day. (more if you are pregnant/ breastfeeding woman)