Vegan or not?

Nuts and other protein sources for a healthy lifestyle.

The main difference between vegan and vegetarian is that vegans avoid all animal products and by-products, while vegetarians only avoid animal flesh. This means that vegans do not consume meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, honey, gelatin, or any other ingredients derived from animals. Vegetarians, on the other hand, may consume some of these products, depending on the type of vegetarianism they follow. For example, lacto-ovo vegetarians eat dairy and eggs, but not meat, poultry, or fish. Vegans also tend to avoid using any products that involve animal exploitation or cruelty, such as leather, wool, silk, or cosmetics tested on animals. Vegetarians may or may not share these ethical views. Both veganism and vegetarianism can have health benefits, such as lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. However, vegans need to be more careful about getting enough protein, calcium, iron, vitamin B12, and other nutrients that are more abundant in animal products. Vegetarians can get these nutrients from eggs and dairy, or from fortified foods and supplements. Both diets also have environmental benefits, as they reduce greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and land use associated with animal agriculture. However, veganism may have a lower environmental impact than vegetarianism, as dairy and eggs still require a lot of resources to produce. For more information, you can check out these articles: Vegan vs Vegetarian – What’s The Difference?, Vegan vs. vegetarian: Differences, benefits, and which is healthier, “Vegan” vs. “Vegetarian” – What’s The Difference?, and Vegan vs Vegetarian – Difference and Comparison.

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Some of the best vegan protein sources are soy products, legumes, nuts, seeds, and grains. These foods provide not only protein but also other nutrients, such as iron, calcium, fiber, and antioxidants. Here are some examples of how much protein you can get from these plant foods per serving¹²³:

  • Soy products: tofu (10 g per 100 g), tempeh (19 g per 100 g), edamame (11 g per 100 g), soy milk (6 g per cup)
  • Legumes: beans (7–8 g per 1/2 cup), lentils (8 g per 1/2 cup), peas (8 g per 1/2 cup), chickpeas (7.5 g per 1/2 cup), hummus (4 g per 1/4 cup)
  • Nuts: almonds (6 g per 1 oz), walnuts (4.5 g per 1 oz), cashews (4.5 g per 1 oz), pistachios (6 g per 1 oz), nut butters (6–8 g per 2 tbsp)
  • Seeds: chia seeds (6 g per 1 oz), flax seeds (6 g per 1 oz), hemp seeds (9.5 g per 1 oz), sunflower seeds (5.5 g per 1 oz), pumpkin seeds (8.5 g per 1 oz)
  • Grains: quinoa (8 g per cup), oats (6 g per 1/2 cup), buckwheat (6 g per cup), spelt (10.7 g per cup), teff (10 g per cup)

In a nutshell, there are many options to get enough protein on a vegan diet. However, it is important to eat a variety of plant foods to ensure that you get all the essential amino acids that your body needs. You can also use vegan protein powders, bars, and supplements to boost your protein intake if needed.

Source: Conversation with Bing, 04/02/2024
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