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Non-soy protein sources for vegans & vegetarians

Updated on October 18, 2007

Alternatives to Soy Protein

Soy protein is by far the most popular non-animal based protein source. Various forms of soy protein offer a relatively high levels of protein. However, excessive intake of soy protein may present some undesirable side effects, especially in men. Alternatives to soy protein are numerous. Some of the more complete and readily available ones are:

1. Mycoprotein is a fairly balanced protein source lacking the side effects associated with soy protein. Mycoprotein is fungi based.

2. Cruciferous vegetables, especially broccoli, are an excellent source for balanced protein. In addition, their anti-oxident properties offer additional health benefits.

3. Various legumes, especially lentils, pinto beans and chickpeas are all great sources for protein.

4. For those vegetarians who eat egg, egg white is an outstanding source for balanced proteins. It may be purchased in whole egg form and seperated from the yolk, in pasteurized liquid form, or powdered form.

5. Seitan is produced from wheat and is a relatively good source for protein.

It is best to utilize all different types of proteins in one's regular diet to maintain a well balanced and complete intake of proteins and amino-acids.


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      Excellent info. I am dealing with hormone positive cancer so soy if definitely out. Tunis for the great suggestions. 

      7 years ago

      Excellent info. I am dealing with hormone positive cancer so soy if definitely out. Thanks for the great suggestions.

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      7 years ago from New York City

      Thank you! I was reading another article on here about all the negative effects of soy and I am a bodybuilder so I need some new protein sources. Marked as useful and rated up! :]

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      Steve Floyd 

      8 years ago

      I have added Quinoa to my diet. It has about 13% usable protein and at least 8 of the essential amino acids, and as a plus it contains a high per cent of the best fats you can have. It is now available in some super markets, specialty stores, etc and can be ordered on line. Just put in Quinoa in your search and take your choice. I make a sort of vegetable burger our of it with onions, green peppers, garlic, various spices, and either a vegetarian chicken flavoring or beef flavoring. My wife, who is not a vegetarian, loves them.

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      Vegetarian Protein  

      8 years ago

      This is something I have been worried about as I have just turned vegetarian. Thanks for giving me some more protein food ideas.

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      9 years ago

      i just bought a bag of hemp protein powder a few minutes ago for this reason.. (i might be preggo..dont know for sure yet.. but if I am and if its a boy i want his parts to work properly..too much soy can cause hypospadia) avoiding soy as much as possible and have been for a while anyway.. this bag says 2 tbsp has 7g of protein \o/ yay. It's not an entree, but just an additive.

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      11 years ago from Oklahoma


      As always, I enjoy the information you share with us.


    • vic profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      Quorn offers a patty with provolone cheese on top which microwaves well and the cheese masks the chicken-like flavor. As for #2, it is said that pound-for-pound broccoli offers more protein than red meat (it tastes good too)!

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      Jason Menayan 

      11 years ago from San Francisco

      Great list - for #1 I occasionally eat Quorn, but sometimes it frankly tastes a bit too chicken-like for my liking. I had no idea #2 was high in protein. I've been eating a lot of cauliflower lately, so that's good news.


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