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Thursday
Dec312009

Meat (Part 2): We don't need to eat protein to make protein.

The argument that we should eat meat to get protein is wrong, because the basic principle is wrong.  It assumes that you need to eat protein to make protein. 

We don’t. 

Here’s an example.  In 1961, Professor H. Oomen completed a study in which he documented tribal natives on the island of New Guinea.  The natives lived on diets comprised primarily of root vegetables (potatoes) and consumed very low levels of protein.  Yet, Oomen found they experienced robust health and strong, muscular physiques.  When measuring their feces, he found that they contained higher levels of protein than the natives ingested in their diets. How is this possible?

This can be explained by the process of protein synthesis.  When you ingest protein, your body can’t use it in its present form.  The protein molecules must first be broken down into smaller molecules called amino acids It’s with these amino acids that your body builds the proteins that it uses to repair itself.

You don’t have to get these amino acids from meat.  In fact, it’s better not to.  There are more than enough amino acids present in the proteins found in whole fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

While we do need some protein, the decades of advertising put out by the meat industry (I’d actually prefer to call it propaganda) have made us believe high-protein foods like meat and dairy are beneficial, or even essential.  That simply isn’t the case.

The human body recycles most of its protein, thus limiting its needs.  For the average person, 25g of protein per day is more than enough.  You could get a little more if you’re particularly active, but certainly the numbers put out there by the mainstream media and supplement industries are way too high.  The whole protein scare really is just that — a campaign to scare you into thinking you need a high-protein diet and thus need meat to be healthy.

[more to follow on Tuesday about meat and nutrients...]

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