We’re not sure why our culture made protein synonymous with meat in the past few decades. It’s such a pet peeve of ours to see restaurants saying “pick your protein” and giving you only options of dead animal products or tofu, completely ignoring the fact that complete proteins exist in the salad that you’re eating minus any of those toppings. We’re also not so sure why people are convinced that you have to have beans or a combination of beans and rice to have something remotely similar to meat. All of those kinds of ideas are entirely based on a myth. The myth that meat is the only proper protein and everything else is mostly deficient in it.
How do you get your essential amino acids?
What it boils down to is eating all of your essential amino acids and all plant-based foods contain what we need. But don’t take our word for it, check out this amazing article that spells it out for you — complete with graphs and charts, and a plethora of information about nutrition. “Setting The Record Straight: vegetables have plenty of protein, and they’re complete proteins as well,” is well worth the read and we would recommend reading it over and over again until it actually gets fully absorbed and understood. It’s definitely best that we set the record straight with everyone, every time this topic comes up. It’s just a matter of time before this pernicious myth gets put to rest and the populace is properly informed.