Everyone wants to know about protein. I hear it all the time : “Where do you get your protein from?” If you’re vegan, I’m sure you’ve been asked this question, like I have, many more times than you’d like to recount. If you’re considering going vegan you may also (understandably) be wondering about where you’re going to get your protein on a raw vegan diet.
The hype around protein and the debate between animal and plant protein has to be one of the longest standing nutritional debates going. Not a topic you want to bring up at the dinner table! The weight of the protein issue has unfortunately been given unjustified attention, for all the wrong reasons.
I think the misconception for our high ‘need’ for protein is one of the most misunderstood topics in nutrition – for obvious reasons. The meat and dairy industry is one of the most heavily financially backed industries, rife with political ties and a strong agenda worth billions of dollars. There is huge incentive to convince the public and instill widespread fear that we better get enough protein from animals – or risk the consequences….what are those consequences anyways?
We have to be cautious and willing to question the status quo when there are large amounts of money involved. There have been billions of dollars invested into convincing all of us that we need to consume animal based products as they are touted as ‘superior and complete’ proteins. But are they actually superior? What misconceptions have we been taught to believe and who’s interests are we trying to serve?
The health of our culture is deteriorating at alarming speed. I think it’s best that we really start to question what we were mislead to believe about the role that nutrition plays, especially about the consumption of protein.
Ironically enough, we’ve been instilled with the fear of ‘not enough protein’ and what we’ve collectively created is an ever-increasing list of diseases resulting from excess protein (and fat) consumption. We live in a culture where we’re taught to believe that if some is good then more must be better. But this is rarely the case when it comes to our health. Could it be that we’ve missed the mark in questioning whether our culture is suffering the consequences of too much protein, rather than not enough?
Top 5 Questions about Protein Answered
In this article series on protein I will be addressing the following common questions and answering them based I what I believe to be true:
- Why do we need protein and how much protein do we really need?
- What are the health consequences of eating too much protein?
- What are the misconceptions about ‘superior quality’ complete proteins versus low quality ‘incomplete’ proteins?
- Is plant protein as good ‘quality’ as animal protein?
- How does cooked protein compare to raw protein?
If you have any questions about protein, please post them on the appropriate page. If I didn’t address your protein questions, please post them down below.
Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii,