One of the most annoying questions to get asked when you are a PBMF is about protein. You know the one: “But where do you get your protein from?”. There is a misconception that the only way to get protein is through the ingestion of animals. Another common mistake is to do with exactly how much protein the human body needs to function properly.
Let’s deal with the source of protein for PBMFs. It is in abundance! Just a few off the top of my head:
- Beans/Peas/Legumes (ie chick peas, kidney beans, lentils)
- Green leafy veg (ie spinach, kale)
- Starchy carbs (ie sweet potatoes)
- Nuts/Seeds (ie almonds, chia)
All of the above contain at least 4% protein, most of them much more (chia seeds, for instance, contain more protein than beef by %) so, even if you ate only the food with the lowest protein content you would still gobble down enough of this nutrient, provided you ate sufficient calories.
I prefer to follow a wholefood diet, avoiding processed foods where possible (unless there has been zero addition of additives) but, if you are less fussed about that kind of thing, there are also many high protein meat substitutes available on the market.
A quick Google for vegan bodybuilding will verify that a PBMF diet provides enough protein to not only sustain what muscle your body already has, but to be able to add to that muscle as well.
So, in short, a PBMF diet provides many varied protein sources that more than satiate the human body. But without the arse cancer.