Processed foods are of no benefit to vegetarians

Tofu is an “excellent” protein source, as stated by Vesanto Melina, is incorrect [“Eating well as a vegetarian”, May 10-17]. Melina admits that “whole foods” are better than processed foods but comments on sources of food that are processed.

Ideal sources of protein for vegetarians are all the leafy green lettuces, collards, kale, bok choy, escarole, endive, cabbage, and raw nuts and seeds.

Legumes are mostly starch, and are not a good source of protein because of the acids. Whole foods are best for vegetarians because they contain adequate amounts of vitamins, minerals, fats, and complex carbohydrates.

The best nuts are organic almonds, filberts, walnuts, pistachios, and macadamia nuts, as well as chia seeds, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. All are high in omega-3 fats and are good sources of protein.

Processed foods will not build a healthy, strong body. Soy protein impairs the thyroid function and prevents protein and nutritional absorption due to the phytic acids and trypsin inhibitors.

> Halanna B. Matthew / West Vancouver




May 25, 2012 at 1:08am

Quinoa is the perfect protein source for vegetarians. Use it in place of rice or couscous.
My family limits the use of all soy based products including tofu.