Feb 8 2012

Where Do You Get Your Protein?

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We share somewhere between 95% and 98% of our DNA with gorillas. They are pound for pound the strongest mammals on the planet. So where do they get their protein? Plants!

About 67% of their diet is fruit, 17% is leaves, seeds and stems and 3% is termites and caterpillars.

So, no they are not 100% vegetarian, but 97% is pretty close. Thanks to a lot of advertising dollars, lobbyists, and misinformation, we have been taught to believe that we need animal protein in our diets, but we absolutely do not.

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Many other large land animals get their protein from plants as well.

Cows, horses, giraffes and horses are all vegetarian. They are enormous, muscular, animals who no issues getting enough protein.

Eating “protein” like a cheeseburger, takes an massive amount of energy for our bodies to digest. Energy our bodies should be using for building our immunity, fighting off pollutants, toxins, and enjoying life, not digesting meat.

Many people suffer from chronic fatigue, and once they switch to a plant-based diet, they are energized. It’s worth noting that removing meat and dairy, and replacing it with bagels, potato chips and soda isn’t going to help. Plant-based does mean actually consuming healthy, unprocessed whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. Some people say they felt weak after trying a veggie diet, or they felt like they needed more protein, but what they really needed were healthier choices to feel the benefits.

It’s not actually “protein” that we need. We need amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, and they are easily found plants, and grains. They become protein in our bodies over a 24 hour period. So you don’t have to worry that you are getting all the essential aminos at one meal.

Quinoa has all nine essentials, as do hemp seeds, which makes them both great choices to include in a vegetarian diet, but they aren’t the only sources.

Beans, seeds, nuts, and even broccoli, and spinach are all great sources of protein that also provide us with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Animal proteins have no antioxidants. They do not make us more energetic, or help us age well. They actually hasten the aging process, contribute to heart disease, stroke, intestinal issues, cancer, and the list goes on. NONE of those health concerns are associated with eating a plant based diet.

To me, the choice is a no-brainer. There is no need to harm other living creatures to be healthy, and in fact killing them for food actually ends up killing us in the end.

“Let food be thy medicine” – Hippocrates

One Comment

  1. Andreas
    Posted February 8, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Posted By: Andreas

    Very well written!

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