The protein myth in North America is huge! We are obsessed with protein. Discover the myths you may have about this important topic and the surprising truth.
Myth #1 You need more protein to be healthy and strong.
Truth: The average man in the US eats 175% more protein than the recommended daily allowance and the average woman eats 144% more. Surgeon General’s Report, 1988
Myth #2 Plant proteins are incomplete and need to be complemented for adequate protein.
Truth: All vegetables and grains contain eight of the essential amino acids and the 12 other nonessential ones. Beans have more protein per calorie than meat.
Myth #3 To build muscle you need lots of protein daily. (Bodybuilders say you need 30% -40 % protein or more!)
Truth: Athletes and very active people only need 1.6-1.8 g/kg BW per day says research but inactive people need less. Human breast milk is only about 6% protein and a baby grows lots of lean tissue on a diet of exclusively mother’s milk.
Myth #4 The best place to get protein is from meat.
Truth: Moderate consumption of red meat, as little as one serving a day poses a more serious health risk than first thought. ~ Research from the Harvard School of Public Health.
There has been too much focus on protein in the diet!
Protein is needed by every living cell for structural and functional purposes and also we need carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals and healthy oils for the body to fully function. A balanced diet with a range of whole foods is needed for a healthy body.
One of the major reasons the average diet is so poor is that we equate protein with good nutrition and think animal products are the only way to get it into our diet.
Vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds are filled with good protein. Green vegetables, peas and beans have more protein per calorie than meat and plant food proteins are rich in nutrients and phytochemicals and low in calories. Even fruit has small amounts of protein. There are no antioxidants and phytochemicals in animal foods.
People do not die from protein deficiency in the western world.
Visit any U.S. hospital and ask:
“How many patients occupy beds here because they do not eat enough protein?”
The answer you will get is, “Zero.”
Hospitals are filled with Americans who have eaten too much dietary animal protein.
- High Protein Diets may shrink the brain as well as the waistline, raising the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in later life.
- Eating protein in excess of the body’s needs creates extra work for the liver.
- “The weight of the evidence certainly points to a link between high-protein foods and resultant cancers.” Dr. Colin Campbell
- Too much protein in your diet can cause your body to produce too many organic compounds in the bloodstream that is a by-product of abnormal fat metabolism, which can cause organs to fail and result in gout, kidney stones, or kidney failure. Cleveland Clinic’s nutrition experts say.
We are getting too much protein….yes too much!!!
“The real cause of heart disease is excess animal protein, processed carbohydrates and sugar. The cause of heart attacks is actually the excess of stored animal protein in the interstitial space between heart muscle cells.” ~ Swedish scientist Uffe Ravnskov, MD, Ph.D.
How much protein is enough?
The amount per day:
- 160-pound man needs about 58 grams
- 120-pound woman needs about 43 grams
(National Academy of Sciences)
Eat 2 – 4 servings of fruits, 3 -5 servings of vegetables, and 6 – 11 servings of whole grains and your diet will include substantial amounts of vegetable protein.
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High Protein Vegetarian Recipes
White Bean Vegetable Stew– How about a very yummy, healthy protein meal filled with vegetables. This stew is high in potassium for those of you who need a boost in that area. Also, half a cup of white beans is loaded with close to 100 mg of calcium.
Adzuki Bean Vegetable Stew – This is a simple recipe with one of the easiest to digest beans; adzuki beans. I love Adzuki beans and this tasty stew is filling and delicious.
Spring White Bean and Asparagus Stew– How about a very yummy, healthy protein meal filled with vegetables. This stew is high in potassium for those of you who need a boost in that area. Also, half a cup of white beans is loaded with close to 100 mg of calcium.
Red Lentil Soup: This is fast and tasty! Everyone needs to know about lentils.
Creamy Butter Bean Dip – This butter bean dip is a very tasty, healthy and vegan. The creamy texture makes it good for a dip. Also, very easy to make.
Delicious Black Bean Stew – This black bean stew is so good for a cold fall or winter day. It is delicious and easy to make and filled with nutritious superfood ingredients. Black beans are a favourite bean of mine.
Nutritious Nut Loaf: Every possible nut!
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