Vegetable high in protein

Vegetable high in protein is contrary to a world hungry for increasingly more animal products. In the West there is a decline in the demand for pork and beef, but that for chicken and fish is rocketing.

These broad bean flowers are the promise of vegetable high in protein.

This page was last updated by Dr Barrie Lewis on 29th August, 2019.

Broad beans are the richest vegetable high in protein; they are also the best source of L dopamine. A couple tablespoons per day is enough to supply many Parkinson's patients with sufficient of this hormone. The bright white flowers with their black centres are beautiful.

How to plant broad beans is for all of us who want to live a long life free from the degenerative neurological diseases.

Cattle can get much of their protein from grass by ruminating, but chickens and pigs rely on legumes for their amino acids, and in particular soyabeans.

For this reason, the demand for vegetables high in protein for animal feed has risen by fifty percent in the last ten years, and will continue to soar.

But this page is not about animal feed; it concerns those humans who like their meat, but want to get an increasing amount of protein from their veggies; and that means more legumes, and more specifically pulses. 

The World Health Organisation has recently declared, after scientists scanned the best research, that processed meat like bacon is definitely a potential cause of metastatic disease, and all red meat "probably" is. (1)

And so the Western World is wisely slowly weaning itself off of burgers and turning to fish and fowl; a colorectal malignancy isn't pleasant.

Vegetable high in protein

Enjoy vegetable high in protein so you don't fall on your own sword; that's what having bacon and a frankfurter every morning for breakfast, ham for lunch, and a steak for dinner will cause you to do.

Just how much red meat will not count against you remains undefined; perhaps twice a week, but certainly not more than once a day.

Vegans won't be reading this page; they already know the answers. But if you like me enjoy red meat periodically but have a deep desire to reach old age without serious illness, then these are important matters to consider.

For the chiropractor those enjoying vegetable high in protein are also far less likely to be obese; that's important for the joints that we treat every day.

Pulses are those legumes that we humans can enjoy for our protein; they are found in pods like the bean and pea. 

Our hens in the garden go crazy over pulses, but unlike us they can also get their protein from other legumes like alfalfa and clover.

2016 was officially the year of the pulses, but really this century should have been wholly dedicated.

Increasing world production of pulses at 50 percent every ten years, as has been happening, just to be fed to animals, isn't sustainable. Very soon, not because we choose to eat less red meat, but because we're forced to, those legumes are going to be mainly for human consumption.

And that's not a bad thing; they are a far healthier source of protein than cattle and pigs; and substantially cheaper too.

There are sound permaculture reasons for growing pulses for human consumption too; legume lovers require much less water from the environment than those demanding red meat every day; the cattle need a lot extra. 

One big plus about growing pulses, and legumes in general, is that nitrogen producing bacteria attach to their roots, enriching the soil lessening the need for inorganic fertilizers.

Another reason for enjoying vegetables high in protein is their fibre; pulses are rich in both forms. The soluble type is especially important as it absorbs water giving the stool bulk; they also reduce the absorption of animal cholesterol in the gut, and stabilise blood sugar.

That's vital for all of us and not just diabetics; surges in glucose provoke an insulin surge, storing the surplus as adipose tissue.

Pulses have a very low glycemic index; they have little effect on blood sugar when consumed.

That means that pulses can be enjoyed on the paleo diet, but banters still must avoid them if they are following the rules to the letter; they must  aim for less than 20g of carbohydrate. People who get much of their protein from legumes are rarely if ever fat.

There's plenty of research showing that both forms of fibre, also found in 100 percent whole grains, reduce colorectal tumours and other bowel diseases. It is also important for those undergoing chiropractic help for a slipped disc; bearing down on the toilet is very painful if constipated.

100 percent whole grains have a substantial amount of protein too, but typically half of that in pulses. However most flour is refined and has much less.

Broad beans have the highest protein; about four times that of most other legumes.

This authentic hummus recipe made with chickpeas is our favourite vegetable high in protein.

Pulses are particularly rich in the B vitamins, and many important minerals including the anti-oxidants, magnesium and zinc.

Women of child-bearing age need to be enjoying them for the large amount of iron they contain; a deficiency is the chief cause of what is being called tired all the time syndrome.

In short, vegetable high in protein like our pulses play a very important role in preventing malignancies, obesity, type-2 diabetes and heart disease.

Probably my favourite green pulses are beans and peas; and dried garbanzos for making hummus.

We plant broad beans because they are so easy to grow in both spring and autumn, and are the highest in vegetable protein; reap them when they are still young and tender.

Tree nuts

Tree nuts too are rich in protein; what's more they are not contrary to popular belief particularly fattening, and are especially beneficial to those who are diabetic or suffering from metabolic syndrome; they help to stabilise the blood sugar.

Pecans nutrition is my favourite, though walnuts are especially high in omega-3 fatty acids; they help reduce inflammation in the body; obviously that's also favourable to those undergoing chiropractic treatment. 


The consumption of chicken meat has risen by over 50% since the turn of the century. Much of the legumes grown is going to feed the hens; they are highly efficient converters of dietary protein thus the industry is demanding more vegetable high in protein for the fowls.

Food waste can be fed to worm farms which then make wonderful protein for chicken feed.

It's just another part of backyard permaculture; working with nature rather than against it.

A chicken farm is another source of protein.

Which of these chickens would you rather enjoy for dinner? Actually we're not eating those below; we just enjoy their bright orange yolked eggs. They are feasting on a couple of shovelfuls from the worm farm.

Even in a small garden you can entertain yourself with the wonder of worm farms; if you don't have fowls, toss them in the compost heap. They will devour all your kitchen waste.

Eggs from these free range chickens enjoying their breakfast from the worm farm provide excellent supplement to vegetable high in protein.

Chicken tractors

Egg laying hens demand a lot of greens; one way to make plentiful vegetable waste available to them are these chicken tractors. Make sure it's placed over clover periodically for vegetable high in protein.

Their chicken litter provides a fertilizer high in nitrogen for your plants.

Nitrogen fixation bacteria

Proteins are made up of a string of amino acids; they have an amine group which contains a nitrogen atom. Nitrogen fixation bacteria that attach to the roots of legume plants enable them to capture this vital element from the atmosphere, and become a vegetable high in protein.

Lightening contributes nitrogen to the soil to a lesser extent.

It is the work of these bacteria on legumes that enables them to become a vegetable high in protein.

It's not a subject we want to hear but there is now abundant evidence that processed meat is definitely cancer causing; it's in Group 1 along with tobacco and asbestos, though the risk is lower.

And ordinary red meat is in Group 2A and "probably" is. The WHO stresses that the evidence is not conclusive, as there could be confounding factors, but the suggestion is that a 100 gram portion eaten daily would increase the risk of colorectal tumours by 17%.

So we are faced with introducing vegetables high in protein to the dinner table, or getting metastatic disease; it's not comfortable for me either, a lover of red meat. So, to our mutton stew we add chickpeas, bacon is kept for high an holy days and we never eat polony and frankfurters. You plot your own course.


The flexitarian diet is for those who have no desire to become vegetarians, giving up all animal products, yet have a desire to get more from vegetable high in protein. Whilst not hard and fast, the goal is to have red meat no more than once a week.

Fish and fowl are still on the menu.

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Why all this about vegetable high in protein on a chiropractic website, you may be asking? Those on an inflammatory diet do not respond as well to our treatment; or to any other for that matter.

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Interesting challenges of the day

1. Mr S is a 76 year old man with neck pain of some 9 months duration. Luckily, most of the discomfort is upper cervical which is only rarely arthritic; his lower cervical spine is a degenerative mess that I've left alone. After seven treatments his pain and stiffness is 50 percent better, and he's happy in the circumstances. He can sleep through the night now and that makes a huge difference.

2. Mr P is 32 year old man with very severe lower back pain radiating to the big toe which is 30 percent numb. He had an episode three weeks ago, took anti inflammatories and was soon better as is typical of the medial disc herniation. But before it healed, after a trivia it came roaring back, much worse. The characteristic crossed sign was evident; sitting in a chair, straightening the right leg provoked severe left back pain and tingling in the leg. He's doing well.

3. Severe lower back pain is scary; just ask Mrs P. Just watching her get out of the car I she was in trouble; she had a slipped disc at L4 making her lean towards the opposite side; luckily she had no pain in the leg. Despite family pressure that this was far too severe for a chiropractor, she persevered. Within five days she was standing upright, and after two weeks almost painfree. 

Despite a hectic job, she wisely took my advice and stayed home for what I call exercising bed rest.

4. Mr S has had lower back, groin and back of thigh and calf pain for fourth months.

He has a pincer deformity in the hip causing the stabs in the groin, and a degenerative facet causing the sciatica. Both are responding well to chiropractic and he's well pleased; sixty five percent better after three treatments.

5. Mr T is a wise man; he's taken a warning TIA seriously and has lost 15 pounds, and has at least as much again to lose. A change to a low starch diet and half hour daily walk has made the difference; but the walking is making his foot and back miserable. The expensive orthotic is hopeless; luckily his hips and back are fine, but he needs a simple heel lift.

6. I too have had serious lower back issues, luckily fixed by my own chiropractor; so I too have to do my exercises, take care when lifting supers full of honey, gardening and using the chainsaw. Regaining the function of your spine is just as important as the pain.

7. My own granddaughter, only 7 is hypermobile giving her pelvic, knee and ankle issues. Xrays show a mildly dysplastic hip. Years ago we would have called it growing pains. She too regularly needs chiropractic care and luckily responds well. Increased range of motion is more difficult than too stiff in my opinion. Our care is for kids too.

8. This 65 year old lady is a serious gardener; every day she is bending, lifting and digging for 2 to 3 hours a day. It regularly catches her in the sacroiliac joint, so she has a treatment once a month that sorts it out. She does her lower back exercises faithfully.

9. This 88 year old lady is an inspiration; every day she is busy in the community. With a nasty scoliosis she manages very well with a chiropractic adjustment every six weeks and exercises faithfully done.  

10. Mr X is a 71 year old retired man who wants to continue with maintenance care every six to eight weeks; he had suffered from two years of lower back pain when he first came a year ago. He has no discomfort now after 8 chiropractic treatments, but is aware that danger lurks.

11. Mrs C has been having severe headaches, and taking a lot of analgesics. It's a non complicated upper cervical facet syndrome, and she's doing well.

12. Mr D is a 38 old year man with chronic shoulder pain after a rotator cuff tear playing cricket. It responded well to treatment, but he knows he must do his exercises every day; for two years he couldn't sleep on that shoulder.

13. Mr D, a 71 year old man, has a severe ache in the shoulder and midback since working above his head. Trapped nerve tests are negative but he has advanced degenerative joints of Luschka; after just two treatments he is 50 percent better. Can we reach 90?

And so the day goes; chiropractors shouldn't be treating the elderly most medical sites state but that's so much bunkum.

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