On the subject of protein ...
Can we get enough protein from living foods?
This is the first question most people ask me: How will I get enough protein if I'm not eating meat? Allow me to answer this question with a resounding: YES!!
Most people are concerned they are not eating enough protein, when in fact, they are eating too much! Many nutritional "experts" offer conflicting advice about protein consumption, so it's no wonder the public is confused!
The answer to this confusion lies in our capacity to see and know the truth, regardless of any outside influence. Eating large amounts of protein has been linked with many serious health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
Protein is the most concentrated form of nourishment, and requires the greatest amount of time and energy to digest. The body excretes less than an ounce of protein each, which suggests that our actual nutritional requirement is quite small. Any excess protein contributes to toxic waste buildup in the body. Protein is no more important than any other nutrient!
The most common argument in favor of eating meat is that it's necessary to build and maintain strength. But think about it. The strongest animals in the world, like elephants and oxen, eat only raw grasses and fruits. The human body makes protein from eight essential amino acids. These amino acids are the necessary dietary components - not animal flesh. The original source of these amino acids is always vegetation.
A diet of fruit, vegetables, nuts and sprouts supplies the body with an abundant supply of these eight essential amino acids. There is no need to eat all of the eight essential amino acids at every meal. The body can combine essential amino acids eaten at one time with essential amino acids consumed at another time.
Animals don't seem to require specific combinations of vegetables at the same time to meet their protein requirements, so why should humans?
Just because a scientific theory has been around a long time, doesn't guarantee its validity. This applies to our traditional beliefs about protein. The body is an amazing creation. It maintains a constant supply of amino acids circulating in the blood and lymphatic systems. These amino acids are deposited into circulation as they become available, and are withdrawn from circulation as they are required.
Our amazing liver regulates the amount of amino acids in the blood, to maintain a constant level. The cells also act to regulate the amino acid level. This system is called the "amino acid pool," and accounts for the body's ability to synthesize complete proteins, regardless of the amino acid composition of any meal. The body successfully synthesizes all of its protein requirements, as long as the diet supplies, on average, all eight essential amino acids. The "amino acid pool" theory has been expounded for decades by various health authorities such as Arthur C. Guyton and T.C. Fry.
Much of the world's Asian population exists on basically a meatless diet, and the impact of this (what some would call "deprivation") is a significantly lower incidence of cancer and heart disease, and no evident of protein deficiency. (For more detail on this, read "The China Study" by T. Colin Campbell.)
Most of the eight essential amino acids are found in every fruit and vegetable. These foods contain all eight: bananas, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, nuts, okra, peas, potatoes, sesame seeds, summer squash, sunflower seeds, sweet potatoes and tomatoes.
However, only being "vegetarian" is not a guarantee of good health. A diet of primarily COOKED vegetarian food, or processed vegetarian food, can be quite disease forming.
The human body:
- needs carbohydrates for fuel. Meat supplies virtually no carbohydrates.
- requires fiber or cellulose for healthy colonic function, namely peristalsis and elimination. Meat supplies virtually no fiber.
- requires amino acids to build human protein. Meat supplies complex animal protein, which must then be broken down into its amino acid components by digestion. Not only is this a very inefficient use of the body's energy, but the process of cooking meat alters the structure of the amino acids, rendering them virtually useless, if not actually harmful. (Again, refer to "The China Study" for all the reasons why eating meal IS harmful.) True carnivores do not eat cooked animal flesh.
Speaking of carnivores ... Carnivores have:
- long sharp claws and teeth for tearing and cutting animal flesh. Humans have hands and molars for picking fruits and chewing nuts.
- acid saliva to digest animal protein. Humans have alkaline saliva, containing the enzyme ptyalin, to digest starch.
- the ability to eliminate very large quantities of uric acid, which is a by-product of protein digestion. Humans can eliminate only comparatively minute quantities of uric acid. Uric acid is highly toxic in the human body. Just ask anyone who has ever had gout!
Most mentally healthy human beings are not instinctively drawn to kill animals. Are you? Most mentally healthy human beings probably wouldn't even eat animal flesh if they knew they could survive, and even thrive, without it, and if they had to kill their meals themselves! Would you?
According to an article entitled "Diet and Stress in Vascular Disease" published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1961, "A vegetarian diet can prevent 90 to 97 percent of heart disease."
Let's talk briefly about Vitamin B12. Beneficial bacteria in a healthy colon synthesize Vitamin B12, which is made available for the use of the human body. This is the same process that cattle use to get their supply of B12.
A healthy stomach secretes something known as "Intrinsic Factor," which is required for the utilization of B12. Putrefaction (the most common aspect of human digestion of animal flesh) hampers the secretion of the Intrinsic Factor and destroys the bacteria that generate the vitamin. This tells us that meat eaters are more likely to develop a B12 deficiency than are vegetarians or vegans. This point was discussed in a report entitled "Vitamins of the B Complex," published in the 1959 U.S. Department of Agriculture Yearbook, as well as other reports and studies.
According to a report published in 1980 by the International Society for Research on Nutrition and Vital Statistics, the official calculations of dietary protein requirements are higher than they should be. There has been a lot of discussion about this lately, so a quick Google search will reveal more information.
Here's a short table to show the comparison of protein content of various seeds, nuts, grains and *raw* meats.
|Alfalfa Seeds||35%||White Beans||24%|
|Mung Beans||27%||Lean Beef||23%|
|Sunflower Seeds||27%||Fresh Fish||22%|
|Garbanzo Beans||24%||Hard Wheat||14%|