It is surprising for most people to learn that our protein needs are actually very small. The over-consumption of animal protein presents a far greater threat to one’s health than completely eliminating the ingestion of ALL protein. In fact, a major culprit in many human degenerative diseases is an animal protein overdose.
After forty years of research on the impact of nutrition on human health, T. Collin Campbell concluded, “people who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease. People who ate the most plant-based foods were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease.”
Walter Willett, Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, maintains that a diet rich in vegetables and fruit plays a key role in reducing the risk of all the major causes of illness and death.
Our true protein needs can be easily determined quite definitively by examining the protein content of human mother’s milk. When in life are your protein needs the greatest? The time in our lives when we are growing the most and therefore need our highest level of protein is in the first six months of life. When we are infants we grow faster than at any other time in our lives; consequently our protein needs are the greatest. However, mother’s milk contains less than 2% protein! By the way, green vegetables contain roughly the same amount.
The reality about protein is that you needn’t concern yourself at all with getting enough daily protein. Over 70% of your protein needs are created within your own body. In other words, your body reuses and recycles your body proteins from recycled blood and body cells! The more efficient your body is the less protein it needs!
All the proteins you need are found in green fruit, vegetables, sprouts and grasses. If you eat a variety of green fruit, vegetables, sprouts, and grasses you will get more than enough protein. For example, spinach is made up of 49% protein and broccoli is 48% protein.
The strongest animals in the world – horses, gorillas, rhinos, and elephants all eat green plant food. And they sure do not ingest steak or protein shakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
An alkalizing, green plant-based diet is among the best diets for sustainable health, energy, vitality, longevity and fitness.
Health-e-Solutions comment: We agree that there seems to be a misconception about how much protein we need. We began our diabetic-alkaline lifestyle completely vegan and remained that way for some time. We have since added back in wild caught Alaskan salmon once per week for its omega-3 content. We also have free-range omega-3 eggs on occasion. Otherwise we try to stay free of animal products.