The Protein Myth

I’ve written a little on protein, how we only need 0.8 gm of protein per kilogram of body weight (weight in lbs. divided by 2.2 x 0.8), and that there are excellent non meat sources of protein.

But still, the most common response I get when I say I don’t eat meat is, “How do you get your protein”.  I have finally found a terrific response:

Did you know that the strongest animal in the world is vegetarian?

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Enough said!

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Time to go Vegan

I recently read The China Study by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas Campbell, MD, and I can honesty say it changed my life!  I have read a lot of nutrition books (Super Immunity by Dr. Joel Fuhrman being another favorite of mine) and most of them refer back to The China Study so I thought I should find out for myself what it’s all about.

In a nutshell, the book if a compilation of a lifetime of research, including the most comprehensive nutritional study every conducted — The China Study.  The results are staggering in their simplicity:

There is a direct and significant correlation between the diseases that plague our modern world: cancer, heart disease, obesity, diabetes. cancer, and autoimmune diseases such as MS, and the amount of animal protein consumed;  specifically the protein found in dairy products.

The countries whose populations consume the most animal protein have the highest rates of these diseases.  Conversely, countries where they consume the most plant protein have the lowest incidence!  And this is not simply due to genetics.  When people from countries who eat a minimal amount of animal products move to an area where the western diet is prevalent, they too develop these diseases within one generation.

I highly recommend you read this book for yourself.  The evidence is compelling, and the story of how the food industry and government keep this information from the mainstream is eye-opening!

I also recommend you check out two of my favorite vegan recipe blogs: No Meat Athlete , and The Vegan Road