Do Vegetarians Get Enough Protein?

Dr. Greger answered the perennial question, “Do vegetarians get enough protein?”

His answer was yes:

“Vegetarians get 70% more protein than they need every day.”

He says there is a nutrient though for which 97% of Americans are deficient: dietary fiber. Americans get about 15 grams a day; the minimum daily requirement is 31.5 grams (that’s the minimum).

So, the question shouldn’t be, “Where do you get your protein?” but “Where do you get your fiber?”

“More than half of Americans think steak is a significant fiber source. By definition, fiber is only found in plants. There is no fiber in meat, dairy, or eggs.”


“96% of Americans don’t eat the recommended minimum daily intake of beans.”

3 thoughts on “Do Vegetarians Get Enough Protein?

  1. RB

    I like this. If someone asks “do you get enough protein?”, I can come back with “do you get enough fiber?” Of course there is always Metamucil!



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