Contributing Monkie Burke Bryant
Published on March 5, 2007
It seems everywhere a vegetarian, vegan, or raw foodist goes today they’re hit with the big question “Where do you get your protein”. This question usually, at some point, jams the opposing into a corner where they are hit with the cynical golden gloves of life, eventually tapping out and leaving behind only a red muddled stain which is then pointed out by the burly meat eater hell bent on proving a point they never really understand themselves. So what does this mean? It means it’s time to stand up, let go of the ropes and get trained.
I want to first start with an article below which provides a “scientific look” at what’s necessary in respect to human protein intake as expressed by the World Health Organization.
The “WHO” (World Health Organization) says humans need about 5% of their daily calories to come from protein to be healthy. The USDA puts this figure at 6.5%. On average, fruits have about 5% of their calories from protein. Vegetables have from 20-50% of their calories from protein. Sprouted seeds and grains contain 10-25% of calories from protein. So if you are eating any variety of living plant foods, you are getting more than adequate protein. Numerous scientific studies have shown the daily need for protein to be about 25-35 grams per day. So if you ate 2,000 calories per day, and ate raw plant foods that had an average of 10% of their calories from protein, you would get 200 calories worth of protein, or 50 grams. This is more than adequate to support well-being. Other studies have shown that heat treating a protein (such as with cooking) makes about half of it unusable to the human body, so raw plant food protein is a much better source than cooked plant foods or animal foods.
Now that we have this scientific fact, let’s see what argument can be created further even with the above information. An article I found said this, which is the agreed upon consensus after further study, so we will use it here for means of example.
When we take protein in our body through the foods we eat, it gets broken down into smaller compounds called amino acids. Of the 20 amino acids found in the foods we eat, 9 of these are essential.
The Essential Amino Acids Include: Histidine*, Isoleucine, Leucine, Valine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine and Tryptophan. An essential amino acid is one that must be provided from your diet. The other 11 amino acids can be created by your body and are not considered essential. Failing to obtain enough of even 1 of the 11 essential amino acids, those that we cannot make, results in a breaking down of the body’s proteins (i.e. muscles!) to obtain the one amino acid that is needed. The article also goes on to say the following.
Plant sources of protein are different however and do not always contain the amino acids needed to make a complete protein. In fact only one plant source of protein, soy protein, is a complete protein.
Ok sorry people this is the part where I stand up in the crowd and call “bullshit” There is another plant source based protein that contains the amino acids needed to make a complete protein, it’s called “hemp seed”. We de-bunked that one really quick. Let’s also back up for a minute and get some facts on soy for a moment shall we, is it really a complete protein? And is it really good for you? Vegetarians, cover your ears you might not want to see this.
Contrary to what some people believe, soy is not a complete protein. It is in fact deficient in the important amino acids Methionine and cystine; the promotion of tissue growth and of general suffers as a consequence. Soy protein is also extremely difficult to digest because it contains substantial amounts of trypsin inhibitors, which interfere with protein digestion and can lead to pancreatic disorders. Vegetarians who rely largely on soy for there protein source may not be getting as much as they tend to think-and may be getting an inferior protein at that. When protein digestion is hampered, the pancreas must work harder. It then often becomes enlarged and more subject to cancer. Also one more thing to note here is that the B12 compound found in this plant source cannot be absorbed by the body, studies have show that it also increases the bodies requirements for B12. Bad news! Perhaps this also explains why some vegetarians who rely on soy for protein look so malnourished and sick at time, ponder that.
On with the show
Let’s take a small, yet educational look at amino acids now.
Only 16% of the human body is made up of protein. Pure protein is primarily a combination of nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen and carbon. Humans receive the majority of oxygen, hydrogen and carbon from the air. There is four times as much nitrogen as oxygen, hydrogen and carbon combined in the air we breathe. Within the human body, natural bacteria action assimilates and builds the nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen and carbon and converts it into protein thus showing that with clean air and pure, living food we can create our own amino acids, thus eliminating the need for toxic animal flesh for a complete source of protein. One need eat only fruits, nuts, seeds and vegetables. There exists such an abundant variety of fresh, vitamin rich, strength building food that there is no need to add waste from dead flesh to the consumer’s body.
Fascinating yes?. Let’s go a step further. If it’s thought that we don’t get enough protein in the diet through whole living foods how are the gorillas doing it? How are the horses doing it? And wait, the cows. People eat (cows) beef ? so watered down don’t you think? Let’s really call it like it is in this article. People eat dead flesh (now were getting the hang of it) to get the protein that they have been convinced is need for the body. The cow’s get there protein from what? Ahhhh through the grass they graze. Ponder that one for a moment while you head out to the front yard to graze on a few blades of grass.
Anyone see the Oprah episode where after she heard the harmful facts of eating meat she stated she would never eat another hamburger again? There was reason for that, good reason.
The total protein content of hemp seed is about 55% of the globular protein edestin, which closely resembles the globulin found in human blood plasma. It is easily digested, absorbed, and utilized by humans and vital to maintaining a healthy immune system. Edestin has the unique ability to stimulate the manufacture of antibodies against invasive agents and is nearly phosphorus-free, which is important for kidney ailments. The other important protein in hemp seed is albumin, which is also a highly digestible protein because of its globular shape. Albumin is a major free radical scavenger and is the industry standard for protein quality evaluation.
Hemp protein contains all 21 known amino acids, including the 8 essential ones adult bodies cannot produce. Proteins are considered complete when they contain all the essential amino acids in sufficient quantities and ratios to meet the body’s needs.
Looks like we found a winner!
Let’s now wrap this up with a few facts regarding meat protein shall we. It’s not what it’s cut out to be! Animal source proteins are considered superior by the medical establishment because they are high in protein content. (Actually they have too much protein, which is then stored in the body as a toxin.)
Animal source proteins are considered superior by the medical establishment because they are complete Proteins: (Although this is true, this is not necessarily advantageous, since animal source proteins have the following disadvantages :)
1. They are difficult to digest; more energy is required to digest meat than can be obtained from the meat. This wears out the protein digestive organs, and leads to stressful indigestion. Is this why everyone usually finds a nice warm seat next to the TV just after eating a slab of meat? I mean really where did there energy go ;)
2. The body’s attempt to rid itself of the excess protein congests the liver and overworks the kidneys which have to expel the excess nitrogen through urine. People with kidney disease are urged to eat low protein diets. Perhaps eating a low protein diet to begin with would PREVENT kidney disease. Excessive protein consumption is also linked to Urinary disease, renal cancer and Lymph sarcoma.
3. Animal source proteins are not a real food – they are missing some of the ingredients of real food.
4. Animal proteins contain inorganic acids which are TOXIC to humans. Only modest amounts of animal protein have been found to result in cancerous tumors in animal studies. Moreover, human studies also support this carcinogenic effect of animal protein, even at usual levels of consumption. In my view, no chemical carcinogen is nearly so important in causing human cancer as animal protein. (Dr. T Colin Campbell M.S., Ph.D. Nutrition Advocate Vol. 1 No.6 December 1995.)
5. Meat is high in fat. Dr. Benjamin Spock M.D. Says that a high fat diet, which means eating relatively large amounts of meat, dairy products, and fried foods, is the main cause of arteriosclerosis, coronary heart disease, stroke, certain forms of cancer, and obesity. Well this might explain why we have a national epidemic called obesity!
6. The artificial hormones, steroids, and other chemicals injected or fed to the animal to make them grow faster/bigger/healthier (healthier?) don’t do us humans any good at all; they are toxic. Not to mention they plump us up as well just like the cows, chickens, turkeys, and about 40 other species people have a tendency to munch on.
7. The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), Enteric Diseases Branch, has concluded that sub therapeutic amounts of antibiotics added to animal stock feed have subsequently caused animals to develop highly resistant strains of bacteria (mutant forms of E. coli and others) which are then passed on for human consumption in all meat products. In fact it’s estimated that 20-25 percent of all bacterial illnesses (and perhaps 50% of all food poisoning) in the U.S. stem directly from antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and the consumption of meats. (New England Journal of Medicine Vol 243, p.617-621, 1984)
The response of the European Economic Community to the routine feeding of antibiotics to U.S. livestock (55% of all antibiotics used in the US) was to BAN the importation of U.S. meat. So the answer to the question: “What’s for Dinner?” is: Antibiotics, Steroids, Pesticides, DDT, Dieldrin, bacteria and Cholesterol. . . . . . . . . Yum!
Take a piece of steak. Cut it open and the juice runs out right? and it’s nice and juicy and tender looking? We know that the red fluid is BLOOD, right? and you dunk your bread in it. There is a clear fluid there too…now some of it is fat, and water, but one of the main components of that clear fluid is uric acid…(cow pee). And you dunk your bread in it.â€¦ why do you do that? No seriously.. I’m asking.. why do you do that?
By the way, the old advice that your hamburger is safe if it’s brown in the middle is WRONG. Unless you want to feed your family raw E. coli bacteria, you should use a digital meat thermometer, and be certain the interior of the hamburger is 160 degrees F. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in January 99 that the DEATH TOLL from tainted meat from just one plant has risen to 12 people.
The last thing is that, yes” people will argue the above without a doubt. My goal here was not to win anything but to only propose another option. One that people are failing to see due to the clever marketing gimmicks they buy into daily put out by the FDA, the medical industry and the pharmaceutical companies making billions off the sickness created by the foods currently being consumed today.
Do you ever wonder why the FDA (Food and Drug Association) manage the foods as well as the pharmaceuticals? Isn’t that conflict of interest? Dig deeper and find the answers, its time.
Remember its not about the food you consume, it’s about the food you don’t.
Burke Bryant -“Treating the body as a temple, not a cemetery since 2000″.