One of the top questions I get when someone finds out that I am a vegan is where do I get my protein.
This is a really simple topic because vegetables, fruits and grains are a much healthier source of protein for humans.
Animal and dairy protein are not only a poorer source of protein, they are accompanied by large quantities of fat and other harmful ingredients such as hormones and toxins.
I believe most people have a misconstrued idea on how much protein we need and should have in a given day.
- Infants require about 10 grams a day.
- Adult men need about 56 grams a day.
- Adult women need about 46 grams a day.
A chicken breast alone has approximately 30 grams of protein.
Vegetables, beans and lentils contain all of the essential amino acids that we need.
The issue? Our bodies are not meant to digest and deal with mass amounts of protein.
Here is some information from the Physicians Committee of Responsible Medicine
The Trouble with Too Much Protein
The average American diet contains meat and dairy products. As a result, it is often too high in protein. This can lead to a number of serious health problems:
- Kidney Disease: When people eat too much protein, they take in more nitrogen than they need. This places a strain on the kidneys, which must expel the extra nitrogen through urine. People with kidney disease are encouraged to eat low-protein diets. Such a diet reduces the excess levels of nitrogen and can also help prevent kidney disease.
- Cancer: Although fat is the dietary substance most often singled out for increasing cancer risk, protein also plays a role. Populations who eat meat regularly are at increased risk for colon cancer, and researchers believe that the fat, protein, natural carcinogens, and absence of fiber in meat all play roles. The 1997 report of the World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research, Food, Nutrition, and the Prevention of Cancer, noted that meaty, high-protein diets were linked with some types of cancer.
- Osteoporosis and Kidney Stones: Diets that are rich in animal protein cause people to excrete more calcium than normal through their kidneys and increase the risk of osteoporosis. Countries with lower-protein diets have lower rates of osteoporosis and hip fractures.
Increased calcium excretion increases risk for kidney stones. Researchers in England found that when people added about 5 ounces of fish (about 34 grams of protein) to a normal diet, the risk of forming urinary tract stones increased by as much as 250 percent.
For a long time it was thought that athletes needed much more protein than other people. The truth is that athletes, even those who strength-train, need only slightly more protein, which is easily obtained in the larger servings athletes require for their higher caloric intake. Vegetarian diets are great for athletes.
Other risks of too much protein include
– Intestinal irritation
– Heart disease
If we eat a healthy vegan diet rich in a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains it is not possible to be protein deficient without being calorie deficient. As long as you’re eating enough for your body you will get enough protein.
When I experimented with the 80/10/10 raw vegan diet by Dr. Graham, I ate nothing but raw fruits all day and a salad for dinner. No oils or fats. Every day I tracked my protein, carbohydrates, fats and calories and each day I reached my daily requirements. In addition I also achieved my daily requirements of vitamins and minerals.
The 80/10/10 diet as well as many other leading physicians agree that we should not be consuming over 10% of protein a day from calories.
Weight lifting builds muscle, eating 200 grams of protein a day does not.
There are countless studies proving the harmful effects of dairy, yet people continue to buy whey protein in bulk and feed their children cows milk. Cows milk is meant to grow baby calves with the mother’s hormones and nutrients.
Why anyone believes secretions from another animal would be good for us and our children is beyond me.
Whey protein is a dairy by-product produced during the cheese making process. Milk is about 20 percent whey and 80 percent casein. Even a small amount of casein in the diet, as shown in the film Forks Over Knives and in The China Study literally turns cancer on!
Here are just a few other side effects that can be caused by whey.
- Kidney/Liver Damage
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*** This information is meant as my opinion only and is not to replace information from your health care professional.