Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Some facts about vegetarianism and non-vegetarianism.
As some of you may already know, our bodies depend on protein from the foods we eat in order to maintain and repair bones, organs and muscle tissue. Studies have found that there are about 22 kinds of amino acids, but our body can only produce 13 of them without putting much thought to it. However, our bodies cannot make the other 9 essential amino acids. For my vegan friends vegetables lack most of the 9 essential amino acids which are otherwise found in animal protein. It doesn't mean it is impossible to eat a healthy diet through vegetarianism, it is still possible to get all the essential amino acids solely from vegetables with extreme and careful planning. Our bodies only need approximately 0.5 grams of protein for every Kg of body weight. for instance I weigh 52 Kg I need about 52 to 60 grams of protein per day. Which is not really that difficult for a person that can include some dairy products into their diets or meat products, but if you are a vegan the challenge may be a bit greater to find those other 9 essential amino acids not produced by our bodies and mostly found in animal products.
Posted by Lina Koutaich at 12:01 PM