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Do Vegetarians Get Enough Protein?

Jun 1st 2015

Nutritional quality indices show plant-based diets are the healthiest, but do vegetarians and vegans reach the recommended daily intake of protein?

Dr. Michael Greger Doctor's Note

The only nutrient Americans may be more deficient in than fiber is potassium. See 98% of American Diets Potassium Deficient. For more on how S.A.D. the Standard American Diet is, see Nation’s Diet in Crisis.

Americans eating meat-free diets average higher intakes of nearly every nutrient. See my video Nutrient-Dense Approach to Weight Management.

Isn’t animal protein higher quality protein though? See my videos:

Higher Quality May Mean Higher Risk
Starving Cancer with Methionine Restriction
Caloric Restriction vs. Animal Protein Restriction

For more on protein, see: Plant Protein Preferable and Prostate Cancer Survival: The A/V Ratio.

And for a few on fiber:

Dr. Burkitt’s F-Word Diet
How Fiber Lowers Cholesterol
Beans and the Second Meal Effect
Fiber vs. Breast Cancer