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Do You Believe What the Meat Industry Tells You about Protein?

The age old question that's plagued vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike: am I getting enough protein.  Sunfood has answered it with some staggeringly impressive facts.

Fact 1: heat actually alters molecular structures, causing 50% of the protein in meat to be destroyed in the cooking process.

Fact 2: T. Colin Campbell's The China Study, published in 2006, noted that 6,500 Chinese, observed over a period of 20 years, were more prone to modern ailments such as cancer and heart disease the more they consumed animal protein.

Fact 3: Many of our larger mammalian friends in the Animal Kingdom--such as hippos, rhinos, elephants, giraffes, and cows--are able to sustain large muscle mass solely on plant-centric diets.

Now, about the protein question.

Protein is constructed from amino acids that make up the muscles, tissues and enzymes present in our body.  There are 20 different of these amino acids.  Almost half can't be produced in our body, meaning that they need to come from food.  While it is possible for humans to receive protein from animal sources, Sunfood has presented some rather incontrovertible evidence to the contrary.  Health professionals recommend that 10-35% of our daily calories come from some protein source--this is, of course, dependent upon age, gender and lifestyle.  So what are some other, more efficient options?  Green vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds are all great sources and can easily be added to just about any meal.

Naturally, we at zest are happy to hear this because every dish on our menu features at least one of the protein sources on the list with many providing up to three.  And the best part is: they taste great!

Via Sunfood