Wednesday, October 03, 2007

So...where do you get your protein?

How often does some well-meaning friend, doctor or parent ask you where you get your protein? Instead of rolling your eyes and mumbling about how Americans get 4 times the amount of protein they need, contributing to heart attacks, heart disease, obesity and other diseases of affluence, and when's the last time you heard of protein deficiency anyway (it's called "kwashiorkor" - yeah I didn't think you've heard of it), just put on a smile and tell them the answer, courtesy of Happy Cow.

PROTEIN IN LEGUMES: Garbanzo beans, Kidney beans, Lentils, Lima beans, Navy beans, Soybeans, Split peas

PROTEIN IN GRAINS: Barley, Brown rice, Buckwheat, Millet, Oatmeal, Rye, Wheat germ, Wheat, hard red, Wild rice

VEGETABLE PROTEIN: Artichokes, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Green peas, Green pepper, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard green, Onions, Potatoes, Spinach, Tomatoes, Turnip greens, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini

PROTEIN IN FRUITS: Apple, Banana, Cantaloupe, Grape, Grapefruit, Honeydew melon, Orange, Papaya, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Strawberry, Tangerine, Watermelon

PROTEIN IN NUTS AND SEEDS: Almonds, Cashews, Filberts, Hemp Seeds, Peanuts, Pumpkin seeds, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Walnuts (black)

This blog was inspired by Jess Luna's facebook picture and my new favorite joke:

"How many vegetarians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?"
"I don't know, but where do you get your protein?"

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