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The best sources of protein are:
spirulina - a superfood with outstanding protein content. Ounce for ounce, it offers twelve times more digestible protein than beef!
organic whey protein - a fantastic source of digestible protein, but you have to make sure it comes from organic cow's milk and contains no hormones or pesticides. A good product for whey protein is Jay Robb's whey protein.
quinoa - the grain of the Incas, quinoa can replace wheat or rice in your cooking while offering a complete protein (something no other grain offers)
fish - fresh fish like salmon, orange roughy, shrimp and calamari are outstanding sources of low-fat protein. However, some harvesting methods (especially for shrimp) cause environmental damage. Furthermore, many fish from the sea are contaminated with high levels of mercury, making them a poor choice for daily consumption.
Sources of protein to avoid:
cow's milk - this substance is often marketed as a high protein food, but in fact its protein content is rather low on a volume basis, and the homogenized fats in milk are thought to promote heart disease and circulatory disorders.
beef or red meat - for starters, beef carries the risk of mad cow disease. Furthermore, beef is frequently sourced from cows who are fed chicken litter, rendered animal parts, crops sprayed with pesticides and other highly undesirable substances that don't belong in the food chain. Packaged red meat at the grocery store is often preserved with sodium nitrite, a cancer-causing ingredient.
protein powders with artificial sweeteners like aspartame, saccharin or sucralose -- never buy or consume protein powders made with artificial sweeteners like aspartame. Aspartame is linked to neurological disorders and outright destruction of nerve cells thanks to its chemical toxicity. Instead, look for protein powders made with stevia (a natural, herbal sweetener).
cheese - cheese is an extremely high fat food item, and it's the worst kind of fat, too: saturated fat from animal sources. Eating cheese regularly will pack on the pounds and clog your arteries.
A raw foods diet is exactly that: raw foods. No cooking, no
grilling, no steaming, no application of heat of any kind. Why?
Because eating food that is closest to its natural state engenders a
tremendous exchange of energy between food and body. The result,
over time, is a feeling of buoyant, radiant health.
A raw foods diet is predominantly raw vegan. Raw foods are
still "living," in a manner of speaking. They may be dehydrated,
frozen or fermented, but at no time have they been heated to a
temperature of more than 110 degrees. Their enzymes and nutrients
are intact. If you set these foods in their whole form into soil and
watered them, many would sprout.
We've been trained to recognize meats, eggs and dairy products as
good sources of protein. However, protein also can be found in many
plant-source foods — and some of these foods contain more protein
than any food of animal origin.
Because cooked proteins are at least partially denatured, food that
is cooked provides the body with much less protein than the same
food in its raw state. As cooked food is predominant in our culture,
protein-intake recommendations (currently hovering around 70 grams a
day) tend to be based on cooked rather than raw food. But
researchers at the Max Planck Institute have found that when protein
is consumed in its raw state, a person needs only half as much as
when protein is consumed after being cooked. In other words, instead
of eating 70 grams of cooked protein a day, you can eat 35 grams of
raw protein and still meet your nutritional needs.
Originally posted by guavas
I'll start with my point, and follow with support. DeadFlagBlues, this one's for you. (please, keep in mind these theories are based on my own opinion and research)
Human beings need to eat red beef, whether you like it or not. Proline - an essential amino acid - is found only in red beef. It can be found as an artificial supplement, but, if health is your goal, putting anything manufactured into your body -by principle - defeats this purpose.
My theory is that if we apply a one-size-fits-all approach to our lifestyle choices, we'll invariably wind up causing greater damage to our health with extreme changes - especially in the long run - than if we just left our bodies alone..
I've personally seen first hand this exact type of damage happen many times to many of my friends and relatives from Atkins, vegan and meat extreme diets. pah!
I can guarantee that a lumberjack will not survive on romaine lettuce with a splash of light vinegarette. But on the other hand, sedentary folks (like me) might do just fine on that diet. But you still need red meat - even if just a nibble every now and then. I think having these things in my face called canines help support this.
I understand what vegans/vegetarians are trying to get at - I really do - animal proteins are bad. *very bad* in fact, and that's not to mention all the hormonal corporate tampering. But you still NEED it in trace (read: variable) amounts proportional to you YOUR lifestyle. Meat, milk, eggs, etc, all high-protein foods - building block foods. Well, if you're done growing, what does your body do with these fat-soluable substances? That's right! Bad things! You're no longer growing, but you are ALWAYS *decaying* - you need just enough of these items to counteract the natural aging of your body - even though you are no longer growing.
Ok, DeadFlagBlues, I give the floor to you. I'm gonna reload both barrels (cuz I got plenty more ammo) and prop up my phalanx for the volley of arrows that's sure to ensue
(edited because grammar I well speak cannot)
Originally posted by RWPBR
Carnivores are predators, herbivores are prey. carnivores are aggressive, herbivores are docile. I would rather be the wolf than the sheep.
Originally posted by anhinga
you don't have fangs
Originally posted by DeadFlagBlues
reply to post by RWPBR
...You're using a primitve understanding of what it is to thrive and survive, which has no relevance to modern age....
I'm impressed. I've seen threads like these spiral out of control in other forums, and it's refreshing to see people step up the plate and discuss this forthright without without going april sugar.
I stand corrected, DeadFlagBlues. I got the information about Proline from Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Mr. & Mrs. Balch, and drew my own conclusions.
Balance and moderation are absolute key in health. I tend to make cheap stabs at vegans who choose that lifestyle because they saw a fuzzy pup seal on the Muary Povich show, and go dingus on themselves and everyone else around them without doing a lick of research.
However, I have all the respect in the world for those who have approached these dietary lifestyles AUTHENTICALLY and with liberal amounts of discression.
get back to topic, though, I have to point out that vegans - as well as meat eaters - are prone to their own particular types of cancer. Funny thing is, is I hear both are prone to colon cancer. People swear up and down that they feel better after going vegan or going heavy meat.
A vegetarian could say the same thing about a meat eater as I, when I say of a vegetarian, that I've *personally* known those who've had ghastly pallors, sunken or bulgy eyes (that's the thyroid right there) propensity for illness at all times and wracked with colon cancer.
(I'm actually describing my senior year teacher who claimed the lifestyle was a choice for health)
So...at this empass, I posit that, although we all have the same basic nutrional needs, might those similarities end when heritige is considered?
For example, I have a friend who's heritage spans back to mongolia. If you were to stick this guy on a diet of apricots and wheatgrass, I exaggerate not when I say he'd be in the hospital this side of a week.
And to actually *support* a vegetarian diet, my other friend is from India and his mom is a hardcore Hindu traditionalist. I suspect that she'd end up in much worse shape than simply landing in ICU if she were to change her diet to include meat.
Maybe this whole thing is a testamony to Moderation, and, To Each His Own?
Pleasures of the flesh.
Say what you will, we all evolved from the same ancestors. We come from a long line of omnivores. Our forebears survived because they could digest just about anything.
It may be an appealing "new age" idea to embrace the no bleed concept for what you eat, but such an approach is going against a few million years of gastronomical progress.
When you get down to the nitty-gritty, and ignore all the BS that is supposed to make you feel guilt for it, a steak is a normal desire. It's normal because that's what our natural diet is built for.
Vegans are just another cult. And like most cults, at the heart is a money motive. Look at the books hawked by the "gurus" of this movement. They just followed the old adage of 'find something "new" and swear it's good', and wait for the innocent to fall prey. Sorry if that idea hurts, but it's the way I see it.