The biggest question vegetarians and vegans get is “where do you get your protein?”
I find it funny that when I was eating the Standard American Diet no one was concerned about how much protein I was getting or if it came along with a side of fat, but know everyone needs to know if I’m getting enough.
It’s like they won’t be able to sleep at night if little old me is “protein deficient.”
People jump on the “what about protein?” bandwagon because they don’t want to give up steak or chicken or burgers.
Imagine someone arguing that you should eat a burger over a salad for fear of to little protein?
There is no such thing as too little protein
Taken straight from the 80-10-10 book by Dr. Dough Graham, “On a whole-food diet that provides sufficient calorie, there is no such condition as protein deficiency.
‘Studies in which humans have been fed wheat bread alone, or potatoes alone, or corn alone, or rice alone, have all shown that these plant food contain not only enough protein, but enough of all the essential amino acids, to support growth and maintenance of healthy adults.'”
So where do we get our protein on this lifestyle?
Well a meal of 10 bananas has about 7 grams of protein (who knew?) We can also get protein from greens (a head of lettuce provides 5.5 grams of protein) as well as small amount of nuts and seeds.
Is there such thing as too much protein?
You betcha! “Too much protein in our diets is associated with all manner of health impairments, including such symptoms as constipation (think about the way you feel after a big steak dinner) and other digestive disorders that often lead to toxemia (toxic blood and tissues) and, eventually cancer.
Autoimmune dysfunction, arthritis, and all other autoimmune conditions, premature aging, impaired liver function, kidney failure, osteoporosis, and many other degenerative and pathogenic conditions result from eating more protein than we need.”
Is protein going to take all the blame for these issues?
Well, no fat has a hand in this too. Think about the foods that are considered to be the best places to get protein.
Eggs (my fav) brings along 60% fat with the protein.
Cheese tops off at a whopping 72% fat (my 2nd fav) and nuts and seeds contain about 73% fat. Kinda opens our eyes to why heart disease is the leading cause of death.