Where do you get YOUR protein? Instead of worrying about how much protein we are getting, we should actually focus more on the SOURCES of our protein. Protein in our foods comes packaged together with other things that can either be harmful or healthful, depending on the source.
Protein from ANIMAL sources comes packaged with saturated fats, cholesterol, antibiotics, hormones including IGF1, estrogens, & progesterones, heme iron, choline & L-carnitine which are transformed into TMAO, heterocyclic amines, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, industrial pollutants such as mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, & dioxins, advanced glycation endproducts, & neu5GC.
These compounds are linked to inflammation, atherosclerosis, tumor cell growth, oxidative stress, insulin resistance, endocrine disruption, unhealthy weight gain, increased acid load, & negative changes in our gut bacteria. Even when we buy organic or grass-fed, we still get almost all of these noxious elements – they are inherent to the foods themselves.
In contrast, protein from PLANT sources comes packaged with polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, fiber, & thousands of additional health-promoting phytonutrients including vitamins, polyphenols, & other antioxidants.
This combination is a winning one, as it lowers oxidative stress and inflammation, increases insulin sensitivity, promotes a healthy gut microbiome, & reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s, gout, kidney stones, & fatty liver disease, among others. Plant protein has even been shown to decrease the risk of premature death compared to animal protein.
We can get ALL of the protein we need from plants. The choice is yours. Where will you get your protein?