Monday, January 7, 2008
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.