Most people still really believe that the only way you can get protein is from eating animal products. The common misconception is that vegans cannot be as strong as their meat-eating counterpart is a myth!
Proteins are made up of amino acids. There are nine essential amino acids that our body needs but cannot manufacture itself. We need to get these amino acids from the food we eat.
When we consume protein, our body breaks down the protein into its components and then assembles the correct strands of protein for the body’s requirements.
It is critical to note that plant proteins contain all of nine of the essential amino acids and contain as much or more protein, calorie for calorie. Plant foods can easily supply all our protein needs. Vegetables are on average, around 22 percent protein by calorie, beans 28 percent, and grains 13 percent.
Animal Protein has in fact been shown many times over to be detrimental to human health.
There have been many studies and clinical research regarding the consumption of animal products and its correlation to the onset of disease, most notably, The China Study.
T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
A collaboration between the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine, Cornell University and Oxford University, The China Study is considered the most comprehensive study of diet, lifestyle and disease ever been conducted in the history of medical research.
In the study researchers surveyed a wide range of diseases, diet and lifestyle factors across rural China and Taiwan and produced more than 8,000 statistically significant associations between various dietary factors and disease.
Some of the findings: Animal Protein in the diet, including dairy products and eggs was found to be linked to higher cholesterol levels, increased risk of heart disease and type 1 diabetes, faster growth of cancer tumors and Alzheimer’s disease.
The increased incidence of osteoporosis among those consuming animal products was also noted. This is thought to be the result of the acidic nature of animal protein, which forces the body to leach calcium from the bones in order to balance the resulting acidity in the blood.
Plant proteins were shown to have the opposite effect, demonstrating lower cholesterol levels, lower rates of both types of diabetes, lower cancer growth and a lower risk of osteoporosis among plant based dieters.
So, just say no to animal products. Plant proteins are far better for your health. Your body will thank you for it!
Tammy Fry Kelly is a passionate advocate for plant-based nutrition and cruelty-free foods and Marketing Director at Fry’s Family Foods. Follow Tammy on Twitter