Saturday, April 4, 2009
"Five Myths About Eating Vegetarian" via Meatless Mama
"stop eating animals" by striatic
Nice post over at Meatless Mama from Janet, who has been a vegetarian for more than 20 years.
Among the myths that Janet addresses in detail are that vegetarians don't get enough protein, calcium, or iron.
I agree with the claim in her post that most Americans already consume more protein than they need. I do, however, supplement my own daily protein intake with some kind of protein bar. I think that I'm generally more physically active - bike riding (at least 45 miles a week), tennis (1-2 times a week), weight lifting (3 times a week) - than the average American and, hence, require additional protein for muscle rebuilding and repairing.
Vitamin B12, referenced toward the end of her post, is responsible for making blood cells and maintaining a healthy nervous system.