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2012 Fall Issue 3 (October 5, 2012)

Food for Thought

October 6, 2012
By Bon Appetit

How much protein should you be eating? To calculate your daily need of protein, multiply your weight (in lbs) by 0.37; this gives you how many grams of protein you should consume in a day.
Protein does many things for your body from building and maintaining muscles to keeping your hair, nails, and skin healthy. Plant foods are beneficial in a variety of ecologic, economic, and health-related ways.

Eating plant based protein is not just for vegetarians or vegans. It’s easy to get your daily dose of protein from the following foods:

- legumes (like beans, peas, lentils or split peas)
- nuts and nut butters
- peanut butter (peanuts are technically legumes)
- seeds
- tofu
-whole grains and whole grain breads
-quinoa
-dark, leafy veggies

All of these foods can become part of a balanced diet with the right integration into your normal meals in the dining hall.

In addition to kicking a high-protein punch, plant based proteins also contain a plethora of essential nutrients like potassium and folate, plus fiber, which is a key factor in healthy digestion.And they also contain little to no saturated fat, especially when compared to meat. 

On an environmental and ecological level, substituting plant-based foods for meat or animal products can significantly reduce your carbon footprint when done regularly. For these reasons, a plant based diet can also be more cheap and economical.

Think about making a switch; the benefits are many, both for your health and for the earth.

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