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Monday, January 7, 2008

The Protien Question

Maybe it's because the first time I heard about protein it was in an academic setting, but I've never understood the protein crisis. "You need more protein." "Where are you getting your protein?" I just shake my head...and don't get me started on Atkins. No just your heart, but your kidney and bone health. The average American consumes over 100 grams of protein a day, at best this is double what is needed. More realistically it is 3-4 times what the body needs. Even the most devout vegan easily gets more protein than they need. Perhaps it is due to a lack of information of where you get protein. Of course we instantly think cows, but did you know that nuts, seeds, dairy, grains and beans and veggies all pack a protein punch? Brussel sprouts, who knew?
Here is a useful link if you are interested in learning more.
http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=11234

3 thoughts:

Amy January 7, 2008 at 6:32 PM  

Amen to that! Joel Fuhrman's books (especially Eat to Live) do a great job of explaining why we don't need animal protein and why it does more harm than good to our bodies.

lilminnow January 7, 2008 at 9:46 PM  

Thanks for checking out my blog and posting a comment. It's my first! =)

Happy Herbivore January 9, 2008 at 2:07 PM  

"skinny bitch" has a long chapter discussing this! It never ceases to amaze me how little protein humans actually need and how much of it is in green veggies! the meat industry flood us with wrong, inaccurate common knowledge telling us we need hoards of protein which is untrue!

my fave source of protein in Quinoa!

WHFoods.com is a great resource for knowing what food has what! veggies rule.

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