‘If you’re Vegan, where do you get your protein from?’
‘Oh, You’re Vegan, no wonder you look skinny and weak’
I’ve came across such questions and comments countless times. Hence, I shall address these concerns once and for all. Firstly, let me share with you the average daily requirements of how much protein we should consume in a day. According to the World Health Organisation, the daily recommended intake for protein is 0.66g/kg. For ladies it ranges between 30g (45kg/100lb) to 50g (175b/80kg) . This suggest that your body needs only about 120-200 calories from protein each day. Let’s say me being 45kg, eats 2500 calories per day, this means only 5% of my total calories come from protein. Note that this is not the minimum requirement but the average.
Humans breast milk contains 6-7% of its calories as protein. Cow’s milk has double of that. So what we need to worry about is the fact that we’re eating too much protein and not ‘we’re not getting enough’ . Consuming more protein than what your body requires would cause your body to convert the excess into sugar and fat. This raises your blood sugar levels which feeds pathogenic bacteria and yeast growth (candida) in your gut. As well as fuelling the growth of cancer cells. In a piece of 100g meat, only 26g of it is protein.
Dr.T. Colin Campbell’s research shows that too much animal protein, especially casein (87% of protein in dairy) is directly linked to cancer cell production, osteoporosis and other severe health issues.
As Vegans, we don’t struggle to get protein because nature has already factored that in. Fruits and vegetables have an average of 5-7% of its calories from protein, potatoes 6%, rice 7.5%, corn 9% and quinoa 15%. And we are already consuming all these on a daily basis. In fact, plant proteins aren’t cancer causing. Even if we consume more than what is required, we Vegans don’t have to worry about getting excessive protein. Protein aka. amino acids are also synthesised by our bodies, recycled from cells and digestive enzymes.
The key idea is that we simply don’t have to worry about getting our protein, especially animal protein. Consuming fruits and vegetables in abundance would suffice.
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