The 11 Best Protein Sources for Vegans and Vegetarians

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A plant-based lifestyle has multiple benefits, but if you are a new vegetarian or vegan, it may be hard to find healthy ways to replace the protein you are used to getting from meat. Even if this diet is old hat for you, there are definitely some foods that pack more of a nutritious punch than others.

Protein makes up about 17 percent of your body weight, and is required for our muscles, including the heart and brain, and helps to make the antibodies that fight infections. It also regulates blood sugar and helps with energy function.


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Vegans and vegetarians have lower levels of ubiquinol, according to new research

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Kaneka Nutrients Europe (Brussels, Belgium) announced the results of a study it conducted in collaboration with Kaonkai Miura Hospital (Osaka, Japan). The study found that vegetarians and vegans have significantly lower levels of ubiquinol (23%) than omnivores. A lack of ubiquinol could lead to fatigue, muscle issues, and a weaker immune system, and it’s also a risk factor for many age-related diseases.

“Plant-based nutrition continues to flourish as a result of consumer interest in healthy lifestyles, sustainability and animal welfare, which ties into the broader trend towards cleaner living and eating,” said Alexandre Magnin, sales and marketing manager at Kaneka

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The Times’s Newsletter The Veggie Isn’t Just For Vegetarians

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It’s for anyone with an interest. But I have to admit, I especially love the idea of persuading people who think they’re not at all interested in vegetarian food that they are, that it’s delicious, that it’s approachable, that it’s very much for them.

Was it always called The Veggie?

One of the rejected names was Totally Herbaceous, which didn’t get far because it’s too long and very silly and no one liked it. We all immediately liked The Veggie — it just felt warm, friendly and inviting. And that idea came from Owen Dodd, an engineer who worked on

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Why Are Vegetarians More Likely to Be Depressed Than Other People?

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There is a complex relationship between our mental health and what we eat. On the one hand, certain diets appear to increase the risk of developing a mental disorder. On the other hand, suffering from a mental disorder could lead to eating more or eating less, or eating different kinds of foods.

One particularly mysterious association is that between depression and being a vegetarian. While some studies showed that vegetarians are more depressed than meat-eaters, others showed the exact opposite.

A New Meta-Analysis on Vegetarianism and Depressed Mood

To unravel this mystery, a German research team (which

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Why vegetarians are winning the inflation battle

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Now is a great time to become a vegetarian.

That’s because beef and pork-based foods are increasingly becoming more expensive. In June, Americans paid 4.5% more on the month for beef and veal and 3.1% more for pork, according to data from the Consumer Price Index published on Tuesday.

Beef steaks, roasts, pork chops, ground beef and ham saw the largest price increases over the past month compared to May: 6%, 5%, 5%, 3.4% and 3.1%, respectively.

In contrast, frozen vegetables and canned vegetables cost 1.2% and 0.7% less respectively last month compared to May, according to CPI data.

“In

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Vegetarians and non-vegetarians embrace different motives for adopting a plant-based diet

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Both vegetarians and non-vegetarians are motivated to adopt (or to consider adopting) a plant-based diet for health reasons. However, vegetarians are more strongly motivated to pursue a plant-based diet for animal rights and environmental reasons than non-vegetarians. These findings come from a study published in the journal Collabra: Psychology.

Interest in plant-based nutrition has been steadily rising in Western culture, likely due to growing concerns about sustainability and the environment. Still, a vegetarian diet remains an unpopular choice — the majority of Westerners are non-vegetarians.

Researcher Christopher J. Hopwood and his team were interested in exploring how the motivations for

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