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How much Protein does a Raw Foodist need per day? Where is the Protein in a Raw Vegan Diet?

How much Protein does a Raw Foodist need per day?

Where do you get your protein on a raw food diet?

This is a question I get more than any other question.

Sometimes I wonder if people bring up the possibility of “protein deficiency” as a way to avoid trying a raw food diet or vegetarian lifestyle.

Hey I understand that the raw food diet or eating raw vegan might seem daunting at first glance.

What about Protein Deficiency on a Raw Food or Vegan Diet?

Please hear me on this; protein deficiency is so very rare in the United States as to almost be nonexistent. Protein deficiency is usually only seen in countries that are suffering from a famine.

If anything the typical resident of the United States is eating too much animal protein which is causing increased constipation and other digestive problems, reduced kidney function and more cases of kidney stones, impaired liver function, leeching of calcium from the bones leading to osteoporosis, autoimmune dysfunctions and much much more. There are more health problems due to overeating protein sources than any so-called protein deficiency.

How much protein do you need each day?

In an ideal world, you want to consume 0.36 grams of protein for every pound of body weight according to the United States Recommended Dietary Allowance (U.S. RDA) guide for daily protein.

So a 145 pound woman would require 50.40 grams of protein each day (145 pounds X 0.36 = 50.40 grams of protein).

These numbers are based on sedentary males and females. If you are pregnant or have an active life (i.e., work out regularly or have a job which requires physical exertion) you would require more protein.

Where do Raw Food Diet Followers get their protein?

As a lady who eats mostly raw fruits and vegetables and some nuts and seeds, this is where I get my protein:

Vegetables: Broccoli, Asparagus, Beets, Cabbage, Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, Mustard greens, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Green Pepper, Red Pepper, Turnip Greens, Artichokes.

Fruits: Banana, Apple, Grapes, Cantaloupe, Honeydew Melon, Mango, Orange, Papaya, Pear, Pineapple, Strawberry, Blueberry, Watermelon

Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, Cashews, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, walnuts, brazil nuts

And Nutritional Yeast that I add to my raw food recipes. It is an excellent source of protein (52%), containing essential amino acids and is rich in vitamins, especially the B-complex vitamins.

These are just a few of my sources of protein – there are more than I can list in this article.

So yes, folks that live a raw food lifestyle (eating a large percentage of raw fruits and veggies and other delicious foods!) get plenty of delicious protein and we also enjoy excellent health, easy to maintain slim bodies, high energy and longevity.

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