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Vegetable Protein — The Untold Story

David Cassuto

Why is it so scary that plants have protein?  Even as more and more veggie recipes appear in food sections of newspapers, discussions of plants´protein-rich nature remain conspicuously absent. This is true even when a nutrition-breakdown accompanies the recipe.  

Here, for example, is a fine-looking recipe for Barley & Broccoli Salad. Perusing it, we learn that, ´Broccoli is packed with vitamins C, A, K and folate, as well as with fiber. And broccoli is a very good source of potassium, B vitamins, calcium, zinc and vitamin E.´

Down at the end, we also learn that a serving of the salad contains 9 grams of protein.  We are not told, however, that 9 grams is a goodly amount or that broccoli is 45% protein.

Small wonder then that the most common question vegetarians and vegans encounter is ´Where do you get your protein?' The answer is staring us all right in the plate.


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