You Can’t Get Enough Protein If You’re Vegetarian – Really???

As someone who does not eat meat, I get this comment hurled at me weekly. It seems that for the most part, people still believe that meat plays an essential part in a healthy diet and struggle to break away from the old Irish ‘Meat, two Veg and Potato’ stereotype. Yes, it can be incorporated into a balanced diet, but it’s not essential, and in some cases it can even be beneficial cutting down on our beloved meat. According to the latest sources, about 5% of the population follow a Meat Free diet, so it’s something as Nutritionists we need to educate ourselves on.

So, in a world where Vegetarianism and Veganism is on the rise, it’s time we clear up any misconceptions. You CAN have a Protein rich diet if you are a Vegetarian.

Believe it or not, the average person needs just 0.75g-1g of Protein per Kilogram of bodyweight a day. So, if you weigh 75 kilos, that’s only around 56-75gs. Below are some sources of Protein, and their serving size, that will make you think twice about dissing the Veggies next time.

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Katie Kavanagh

Katie Kavanagh

Katie is a registered Associate Nutritionist with the UKVRN through the Association for Nutrition. Katie completed her Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition and Health in Glasgow Caledonian University and her Bachelors Degree in UCD in Health and Performance Science. Before joining the team at GourmetFuel, she worked in a kitchen catering company, and for Our Lady’s Hospice Harolds Cross and is heavily involved with UCD Boxing Club. Her areas of interest are Vegetarian diets, disease prevention and Sports Nutrition.

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