Saturday, August 4, 2012

Beet Salad, No Protein (?)

Greetings from New York City! I am in town for a few days attending the BlogHer '12 conference with my dear friend JL of JL Goes Vegan and having a blast!

I got into town Thursday afternoon,  checked into my hotel and decided to take a stroll around Midtown. Oh, how I love New York!  I stopped in at a cute cafe for a quick bite. The beet salad sounded awesome, so I ordered it, "hold the cheese".



The salad was not only beautiful, it was delicious! When finished, the waiter brought the check and I noticed it said "Beet Salad No Protein".



What? No cheese means no protein? Hmmm... that doesn't sound right. A quick Google search  "back of the envelope" math revealed that my salad, without the cheese, contained about 8 grams of protein.

Per the standard calculation for recommended protein intake, someone my size requires 45 grams daily. That means that my little beet salad ("no protein") actually contained almost 20 percent of my protein requirement for the day.

As a vegan, I am constantly bombarded with questions about how I can possibly get enough protein. It is unfortunate that there is such a misconception about protein, where it comes from and how much is needed. It is actually pretty easy to get your recommended daily allowance of protein, even without consuming animal products.

I think the next time someone asks me how I get my protein I am going to take that receipt out and walk them through my little math exercise!

How about you? How do you answer the protein question?

8 comments:

  1. The last time someone asked me where I get my protein I thought he was joking and I laughed at him! He were serious. I'm really surprised that people still ask that question, and I usually tell people that protein is so prevalent in everything that I don't worry about it.

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    1. i know! Crazy how conditioned people are to believe that if you are not eating animal products you can't get enough protein!!!

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  2. I tell people that everything that's alive contains protein. I'm not an expert but I am a biochemist; sometimes I say it condescendingly. Does that make me a bad person?

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    1. Hi Kinechen! I don't think it makes you a bad person; sometimes it is really hard not to be exasperated by the question- I try to remind myself that the person asking may really not know and look at it as an opportunity to educate- though clearly, not everyone wants to be educated!

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  3. Having so much fun with you, roomie! And so glad you are helping to answer the "where do you get your protein" question!

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    1. And I have having a great time here too! Any chance to illustrate the protein "dilemma" is welcome!!

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  4. Love this post! Thanks for stating specific protein facts. Very helpful info. I often answer the same question!

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