If you’re wondering if vegetarian diets provide enough protein, the answer is yes! Most people have no problem meeting their protein needs, regardless of their meat-eating status.
While steak and chicken usually spring to mind when talk turns to protein, don’t forget plants can provide a big protein punch, too. Legumes such as chickpeas, lentils and beans are some of the richest protein sources, along with tofu, tempeh, soy milk, nuts and seeds. If dairy, eggs or seafood are on your vegetarian menu, that’s another win in the protein stakes.
We’ve compared some popular plant-based foods to see how they measure up:
For more advice on plant-based eating, we recommend:
- 4 key nutrients to watch on a plant-based diet
- Five rules for a plant-based diet
- Are plant-based alternatives any healthier than meat?
- Are plant-based burgers healthy?
- Are plant-based milks healthy?