|Rosemary Roast Potatoes|
Quite often Vegans seem just as Protein-focused as the Omnivores are. They will explain that they are adding Tofu, Tempeh, Seitan, Nuts, Seeds or Beans to a dish to ensure that they "get enough protein." And, they add extra-expensive supplements to their smoothies because they're "very high in Protein" (even though that often means that they're only adding one or two grams of Protein for a substantial increase in cost!). And, there was a time when I did the same thing. In fact, I would openly admit that I wasn't as fond of those "protein" foods as I was of other foods, but I felt I had to eat them.
Oddly enough, the last time I went to the grocery store, I didn't see a "Protein Aisle" - I just saw a lot of regular food! When did we start referring to foods this way - and why?
|Sweet & Sour Sweet Potatoes|
|Homemade Yeast Bread|
But, most of us are worried that unless we plan our meals very carefully, we won't get enough Protein. The more I research, the more I find that it's just NOT TRUE!
Did you know that you can get plenty of protein to thrive even if your ONLY protein source is White Potatoes?! Or Rice?!
I recently read The Starch Solution by Dr. John McDougall, in which he wrote a remarkably persuasive and well-researched chapter on Protein. We really can get more than enough from just starches and vegetables! Here is an article that very nicely summarizes why you can get all the protein you need from foods we often call "starches." (Of course, calling grains and potatoes "starches" is just as misleading and problematic as calling meat and dairy "proteins")
When I first became vegetarian, the popular wisdom (as popularized in Diet for a Small Planet by Frances Moore Lappe) was that you needed to combine foods to get complete protein. In time, we learned that we could eat different foods hours apart, and our bodies would combine them to "make complete proteins." Now, thanks to the work of Dr. McDougall and others, we find that we don't have to worry about combining at all! God made grains to provide more than enough protein -including all of the amino acids- for human beings to thrive.
And, God didn't create each food group to provide only a single nutrient - instead, He made every food a beautiful composite of the nutrients our bodies need.
Let me be very clear - I DO eat lots of foods that have protein in them at dinner! And, lots of it! Including: Rice, Potatoes, Beans, Tofu, Noodles, Bread, etc. I just don't call them "a protein" - because they are SO much more than that!
I really shouldn't have been surprised by this information. After all, when God designed staple foods for human consumption ( the original human diet was Vegan - Genesis 1:29) He Knew what He was Doing! He did a perfect job! : )
This is being shared on Healthy Vegan Fridays and What's for Dinner