I'm writing this for all you vegans out there. There seems to be a myth about protein! This could be a one word blog. The answer is FOOD!! But lets elaborate just a little.
The sign of not getting enough protein is not that someone doesn't eat meat. A sure way to tell is if they are lying on the ground, have a vacant stare, partially conscious, confused and possibly dying.
What is protein needed for? Protein plays an important role in the body, forming the basis of muscle, hair, nails and collagen, the connective tissue that holds the body together. It also makes vital metabolic products and DNA. When you eat protein, it is broken down into amino acids from which new proteins are built to perform each of these functions.
Plants have protein! Simple as that. If you are getting a varied vegan diet of fruit, veg, grains, beans, seeds and nuts you are getting PLENTY of protein. Google 'plant based protein sources' you will find endless reading. Just mix them up a bit and you have complete protein intake. For example, grains like rice are too low in lysine to be considered a complete source of protein. Yet, by also eating lentils or beans, which are higher in lysine, you can be sure to obtain all nine essential amino acids. Here are a list of nearly complete protein sources for vegetarians and vegans.
Tofu, tempeh, and edamame
Rice and Beans
Pita and hummus
Peanut butter sandwich