The 15% Rule

Quinoa Cake

Did you know that 15% of plant proteins (legumes, fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains are not absorbed)? If you’ve calculated 100 grams of vegetable proteins for that day, it’s really only 85 grams. In soy, milk, eggs, fish, meat and poultry there is a 5% loss of protein intake. Add another ten percent, and that’s a 15% loss in a vegan diet.

Vegan protein powders don’t take this loss into account so if your veggie protein powder lists 20 grams of protein for one scoop, you’re only retaining 15 grams of vegetable protein. It would be nice if this information was listed on the labels, but I haven’t seen one with this data yet. To make sure everyone is getting enough nutrients, make sure to eat a variety of proteins each and every day.

Photo: quinoa pancake

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