Where do you get your protein?

How much protein do you think we need? In reality, we need relatively small amounts of protein–only 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight each day. That’s about 50 grams (1.76 ounces) for someone who weighs 150 pounds. Most people consume this amount easily.

Do you think that plants are deficient in protein? You might be surprised to learn that nearly all unrefined plant foods have plenty of protein, and some plant foods are protein superstars, including legumes and grains. Even leafy greens are packed with protein. Just ask our gorilla friend, who shares 98% of our DNA, where he gets his protein.

How many people do you know who are suffering from, or have died from protein deficiency? In the United States today, protein deficiency (also known as kwashiorkor)  is virtually nonexistent. That’s why we don’t have kwashiorkor specialists or clinics. In fact, most Americans are actually getting twice the protein their bodies really need. Protein deficiency is practically impossible if you’re getting enough calories from unrefined foods.

Now, how many people do you know who have died of heart disease, cancer, or diabetes? These are all diseases that have been linked to consuming too much animal flesh and secretions, too few vegetables, and too little fiber.


This blog uses the latest nutritional data available from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), and the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration), as well as nutritional data provided by food growers and manufacturers about their products. We believe the information on this website to be accurate. However, we are not responsible for typographical or other errors. Nutrition information for recipes is calculated by Living Cookbook based on the ingredients in each recipe based on statistical averages. Nutrition may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

This blog is not a substitute for the services of a trained health professional. Although we provide nutritional information, the information on this blog is for informational purposes only. No information offered by or through this blog shall be construed as or understood to be medical advice or care. None of the information on this blog should be used to diagnose or treat any health problem or disease. Consult with a health care provider before taking any product or using any information on this blog. Please discuss any concerns with your health care provider.

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