Common questions I hear all the time are:
- What about getting enough protein? We all need protein.
- What about getting enough calcium? We all need calcium.
Whether or not we need the amounts, and animal sources of these important nutrients that the International Dairy Foods Association, and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association encourage us to consume is questionable.
According to Ron Brown of www.bodyfatguide.com,
“For the majority of the population, the requirement for protein is actually 30% lower than the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA), or only about 5–6% of calories needed to maintain bodyweight (Campbell & Campbell, II, 2006), or approximately 0.6 grams per kilogram of bodyweight. A 175-lb. male who burns 2700 calories needs only about 35-43 grams of protein, or approximately one gram for each four-five pounds of bodyweight. Nevertheless, the average intake of protein in the Western diet is three times higher at 15%–16% of calories!”
Plant foods have protein and calcium. Proponents of a plant-based diet will tell you that they are more easily assimilated in your body. A plant-based do not come packaged with all the animal fats that can wreak havoc in the body.
1. Heart disease,
3. high blood pressure,
4. arthritis and most
chronic diseases can be connected to a high intake of animal proteins.
Also, some research has shown that consuming dairy products can contribute to osteoporosis! What? The disproportionately high protein content causes calcium to be leached out of the bones. All the nutrients your body needs are found in plant foods including protein and calcium!
The work of researchers such as Dr. T. Colin Campbell of Cornell University has demonstrated that a diet high in animal protein is correlated with higher incidences of cancer and cardiovascular disease in humans.
Some calcium comparisons: turnip greens, bok choy, collards, kale, beet greens, endive and spinach all have more calcium per calorie than skim milk yogurt. Swiss chard, broccoli, celery and cabbage have more than whole milk combined!