VEGAN PROTEIN

The number 1 question asked to vegans is: “Where do vegans get their protein?
It’s understandable that people don’t know this, so we teach with compassion.  After all, we all were there once before we became vegan. 

This is just one chart that had over 3,300 shares on the FB page, which goes to show you how important this topic is to people.

“When it comes to protein, evidence shows that more isn’t actually better. A long-term study published in 2014 found that diets rich in animal protein are linked to a fivefold increase in risk of death from diabetes and a fourfold increase in risk of death from cancer—risk factors that are comparable to smoking. And for the first time, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans now urge certain groups of Americans—namely men and teenage boys—to reduce their overall consumption of high-protein foods, like meat and eggs, to improve their health.

So what makes high-protein diets so dangerous? Part of the reason may be that high-protein foods, like meat, dairy products, and eggs, are also rich in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.

A healthful plant-based diet, on the other hand, easily provides all the protein our bodies need, without any of the health risks. All foods, including fruits and vegetables, contain protein, while certain plant-based foods, like whole grains, beans, nuts, lentils, tofu, and quinoa pack an extra protein punch.

So worrying about protein isn’t necessary—a recent study even found that 90 percent of the world’s countries and territories exceed protein requirements.

The real deficiencies in the standard American diet? Nine in 10 Americans don’t eat enough vegetables, while a whopping 97 percent of us fail to meet daily recommendations for fiber—a nutrient that can help control weight, lower cholesterol, and even fight off cancer. “

The protein myth is one of many topics that Marta Zaraska tackles in her book Meathooked—an exploration of our cultural addiction to meat. As Ms. Zaraska explains, it’s extremely hard to succumb to [protein deficiency] in the West unless you are truly starving, an AIDS patient, or a drug addict.” Most of us, she explains, only need 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight each day—that’s about 50 grams for someone who weighs 150 pounds—which most people achieve easily.

But you wouldn’t know that if you get your nutrition advice from the headlines—which constantly push high-protein diets. In spite of the fact that we now eat more meat than ever—about 125 pounds per person every year—and collectively consume more than one million chickens per hour, we still strive for more protein. The more, the better.

But when it comes to protein, evidence shows that more isn’t actually better. A long-term study published in 2014 found that diets rich in animal protein are linked to a fivefold increase in risk of death from diabetes and a fourfold increase in risk of death from cancer—risk factors that are comparable to smoking. And for the first time, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans now urge certain groups of Americans—namely men and teenage boys—to reduce their overall consumption of high-protein foods, like meat and eggs, to improve their health.

So what makes high-protein diets so dangerous? Part of the reason may be that high-protein foods, like meat, dairy products, and eggs, are also rich in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol.

A healthful plant-based diet, on the other hand, easily provides all the protein our bodies need, without any of the health risks. All foods, including fruits and vegetables, contain protein, while certain plant-based foods, like whole grains, beans, nuts, lentils, tofu, and quinoa pack an extra protein punch.

So worrying about protein isn’t necessary—a recent study even found that 90 percent of the world’s countries and territories exceed protein requirements.

The real deficiencies in the standard American diet? Nine in 10 Americans don’t eat enough vegetables, while a whopping 97 percent of us fail to meet daily recommendations for fiber—a nutrient that can help control weight, lower cholesterol, and even fight off cancer. A recent study published in The Journal of Gerontology even found that fiber may be the key to successful aging.”   Source/Credit:  @Physician’s Committee For Responsible Medicine

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Also, check out Dr. Garth Davis’ book called “Proteinacholic”.  He’s a vegan that was a proteinaholic- he used to push protein on his patients, protein was his drug.  He soon discovered that Protein is not the key to weight loss – it is actually one of the biggest factors behind the obesity epidemic. (He’s a leader in the field of bariatric surgery)  Animal protein is not the healthiest food we can eat – it is strongly associated with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.  

Carbs are not the enemy- they are a source of energy, and are staples in the diets of the longest – living peoples in the world.”    

Highly recommend getting his book.  And if you are reading this, I will gift you one!

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