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The All-Powerful Nutrient?

The truth about protein, where to source it and how much we really need

PROTEIN

WHY ARE WE SO OBSESSED WITH PROTEIN?

Though the number of vegans in the UK and worldwide is rapidly growing, we’re still a minority and, as such, often have to face questions about our lifestyle and diet, the most common of which being: how do you get protein? It seems that this question, which is so often thrust upon unsuspecting plant-based people, has led to an obsession with the macronutrient. In the fear of being devoid or lacking in protein, we’re hurriedly snatching up any bar, drink or packaged food labelled ‘high in protein’ – but is this truly the answer? As a plant-based or vegan person, are we really at risk of protein deficiency, and if so, are there more natural, unpackaged food sources we could rely on?

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Welcome to our wonderful November issue. This month it’s all about comfort – wave goodbye to those slim-fitting summer clothes and shimmy on into your favourite jeans, a thick-knit jumper and even a pair of slippers if you want to ‘go the full mile’… for winter is finally upon us. It always surprises me when we reach this time of year, how much I actually enjoy the winter season. Though it seems to stretch on for an eternity, after the glorious summer we’ve had, the crisp, fresh mornings, pale blue skies and frost-covered grass are a welcome sight. Winter also brings with it a host of festivities, each as exciting as the next and each demanding their own delicious festive feast. And though we’re moving towards the season of true indulgence – Christmas – it’s important not to completely forget the healthy, plant-based diet you’ve been working all year to follow. To help you keep on the right track, we’re talking to Dr. Sarah Brewer about the importance of protein (p.46); we’ll introduce you to the veg you could be missing: cavolo nero (p.48), and we’re even getting a little advice from one of our favourite doctors, Dr. Jenna Macciochi, on how to steer