Debunking protein myths

The main question that a vegetarian hears sooner or later is: “Where do you get protein?” The first question that worries people considering a vegetarian diet is, “How do I get enough protein?” Protein misconceptions are so pervasive in our society that sometimes even vegetarians believe them! So, protein myths look something like this: 1. Protein is the most important nutrient in our diet. 2. Protein from meat, fish, milk, eggs and poultry is superior to vegetable protein. 3. Meat is the best source of protein, while other foods contain little or no protein. 4. A vegetarian diet cannot offer enough protein and is therefore not healthy. Now, let’s take a closer look real facts about proteins: 1. A large amount of protein is as harmful as its lack. Excess protein has been linked to shorter life expectancy, increased risk of cancer and heart disease, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, and digestive problems. 2. A high protein diet leads to temporary weight loss at the expense of general health, and people quickly gain weight back when returning to their usual diet. 3. A varied diet offering a balance of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, as well as adequate calorie intake, provides the body with sufficient protein. 4. Animal protein is not superior to vegetable protein obtained from more than one source. 5. Vegetable protein does not contain extra calories of fat, toxic waste or protein overload, which has a negative effect on the kidneys. “Gospel” from Industrial Agriculture In the modern human diet, nothing is so confused, not twisted, as the question of protein. According to most, it is the basis of nutrition – an integral part of life. The importance of consuming plenty of protein, mostly of animal origin, has been relentlessly taught to us since childhood. The development of farms and meat processing plants, as well as an extensive railway network and shipping, allowed meat and dairy products to become accessible to everyone. The results in our health, the environment, world hunger, have been catastrophic. Until 1800, most of the world did not consume a lot of meat and dairy products, as they were limited in access to ordinary people. Beginning in the twentieth century, a diet dominated by meat and milk came to be seen as a supplement to nutritional deficiencies. This was based on the logic that since man is a mammal and his body is made of protein, he needs to consume mammals in order to get enough protein. Such cannibalistic logic cannot be substantiated by any single study. Unfortunately, much of the history of mankind in recent years is based on dubious logic. And we tend to rewrite history every 50 years in order to adjust it to the current situation in the world. The world today would be a much kinder, healthier place if people ate grains, herbs, and beans instead of milk and meat, hoping to make up for nutritional deficiencies. However, there is a layer of people who have taken a step towards a conscious life by consuming plant-based protein. : 

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