What you need to know about Protein
Protein Power….The Myth
What do gorillas, elephants, rhinos and hippos all have in common? They are some of the largest mammals on earth and they get 100% of their protein from plants! So why do we as a Society think that we need to eat red meat, protein bars, put protein powder in our shakes to be healthy and have strong muscles? Everywhere we look we see that we need to eat more protein in our diet.
Truth is the World Health Organization says that we only need 5% of our daily calories from protein. So the big Protein Push is a way to get us to buy more products and eat more meat…it’s not what our bodies need to be strong and healthy.
So what is Protein Really? Protein is made up of 20 amino acids. There are 9 amino acids that the body cannot synthesize on it’s own and must get them from our diet. In fact, animals cannot synthesize these 9 amino acids either so they have to eat plants which can synthesize the amino acids. This is the irony…we eat animals to get our amino acids/protein and the animals eat the plants to get theirs. What is wrong with this picture?
Since it is not possible to not get 5% of our calories from healthier protein sources, there is no chance that we would ever be protein deficient if we were not relying on unhealthy animal protein sources. However, what happens to our bodies when we eat too much protein? This is the real health risk. Too much protein stores as fat in our bodies which is very acidic and acid buildup in the body leads to inflammation. Inflammation causes osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer and has toxic effects on both the kidney and liver. In fact, many people who consume too much protein suffer from kidney disease which can lead to kidney failure.
Protein does not have to come from eating animals! The protein found in animals is loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol. This Western Diet is what is killing us! Remember 90% of all our diseases can be prevented and cured with dietary and lifestyle changes! We can get all the protein we need from a Plant Based Diet from food such as grains, vegetables, legumes, seeds, nuts.