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Indeed many people immediately ask about protein if you mention that you're a vegetarian...
I do wonder however how much protein we really need? What do you think? I've tried to get information on that through internet but every source says something else...
Keep it simple.
As I've said elsewhere, far more people in Western countries are suffering diseases of protein excess than protein deficiency. And animal protein in particular brings its own set of health issues. Any kind of nutrient can be toxic in large quantities. Unfortuately our 'more, more, consume more' culture means most people don't realise this. And pay too little attention to getting a spread of nuturients.
I read that the current protein recommendations come from long discredited theories from the early part of the last century. Since high protein recommendations help out the meat and dairy industry they are still used.
All plant foods have complete protein. Apples have the least amount of protein and only contain a trace. Nobody thinks as peaches as a source of protein but they get 4% of their calories from protein. Bananas split the difference with 2% of their calories coming from protein. I'm not saying we can get enough protein from just fruit but most people aren't aware that fruit has any protein. Brown rice gets 10% of its calories from protein while Moving on to quinoa or green beans we get 17% protein. Kidney beans weigh in at 29% of its calories coming from protein. Peas do a little better at 30% while edamame is the plant protein champ with 40% of its calories coming from protein.
I never worry about protein; I almost always reach my protein goals without trying and when I'm short it is usually just a gram or two.
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I agree, from way back we were taught that we need large amounts of protein. Who taught us this, why the people that sold the protein, mainly the meat and dairy industryies. It is nothing more than a marketing ploy
I am totally with you. After ready the first part of the China Study, I am trying to go by its recommendations. I have to tell you, even on fresh fruits and veggies, it is darn hard to keep protein at 10%. I have ended up at 12% all week and that was with careful planning. For me, this is more than enough to continue to build muscle and to continue to get stronger.
I think protein is an obsession because our culture has made it an obsession through it's dieting practices and USDA nutritional standards. I think that it is important to track as many nutrients as possible as there is such interconnectedness in how these nutrients react in our bodies. Fresh fruits and vegetables have so many other things to offer besides macronutrients. That is why I think they are so important.
Even when I was eating a lot of meat (I'm still phasing in vegetarianism) I thought that I was consuming too much protein. Whenever someone asks me about my change in diet the first question they ask it "where are you getting protein"
In forks over knives they said that if you are eating enough whole food plant based diet then you will get enough protein. I've never had a shortage of protein on my food tracker but I don't go out and search high and low to make sure I get protein.
My question is this, are we too concerned with protein and not concerned enough with other nutrients? Or am I just tired of people asking me about protein?
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