Let's look at the most common thing we focus on for every meal. What protein will make up this meal! For breakfast it's yogurt, eggs, bacon and/or sausage, for lunch it’s hamburger, lunch meat, fish, chicken or steak that go on salads, and for dinner there's chicken, fish, steak, ribs, seafood, cheese or pepperoni on pizza, meatloaf or meatballs. It's not a complete meal if it doesn't have these foods, right? Well let's look at facts about protein, the body, and digestion to see.
The predominant minerals in animal flesh foods and dairy are chlorine, phosphorus and sulfur which are highly acid forming in the human body. To reduce acidity the body must take precious alkaline minerals such as calcium from the bloodstream. The body then must replace the calcium in the blood stream by removing it from our bones, teeth and connective tissue setting the stage for osteoporosis, teeth decay and lupus (or other autoimmune diseases).
Also when protein is not fully and completely digested, toxicity develops. Or in other words, when it's is not digested properly, an excess of nitrogen develops in the body. Nitrogen can only be eliminated by uniting with other minerals to form nitrates. To do this the body must again take precious alkaline minerals out of the body to neutralize the excessive nitrogen building up. Improper digestion of this element is caused by slow digestion and/or bad food combining which slows down digestion. Many times it is a protein rich diet that causes constipation, which is the slowest digestion of all. Our long intestines were not meant for animal flesh foods.
When animal flesh foods stay in the stomach too long they allow an over development of harmful bacteria. These bacteria emit wastes that are poisonous and the poisons and undigested proteins are then absorbed directly into the blood. The body cannot get rid of these waste materials the normal way through urine. Instead they are forced through the mucous membranes in the form of mucus. This excess mucus is an attractive environment for other bugs too.
These are huge processes for the body to handle. When we think we're getting our much-needed protein, we are, in fact, leaching minerals from our body, absorbing poison, and increasing mucus output. In fact an over-consumption of protein is responsible for a wide variety of health impairments including constipation and other digestive disorders that lead to toxemia and eventually cancer, as well as autoimmune dysfunctions, arthritis, premature aging, impaired liver function, kidney failure, osteoporosis, and other degenerative and pathogenic conditions.
Here is another interesting fact to note. Many people are surprised to hear that their protein actually has more fat calorie content than they expected. Some animal protein foods have more fat calories than protein calories. We think we're supplying ourselves with the supposedly much needed protein to make a complete meal when we are actually dousing ourselves with more fat. If we calculate the total calories from these cooked animal foods and then identify how many of those calories come from fat, it’s quite shocking. Sausage has 70 to 85% fat. Beef ribs are 65 to 80% fat. Hamburger patties are 55 to 65% fat. Roasted chicken is 36 to 63% fat. Grilled swordfish is 30% fat. Even 2% milk, if calculated by percentages of calories, is 35% fat.
Extensive work has been done by nutritionists, scientists and doctors on the benefits of a low-fat diet. Even the general public is well aware that lowering fat is a highly desirable trait. All scientists and nutritionists agree that 10% of calories coming from plant-based fats is a more than adequate amount of fat, and once that percentage rises above the mid-teens, health declines significantly on practically every level.
Considering these negative attributes to protein (and the fat that comes with it), we may want to ask ourselves why are we so concerned with getting enough of this particular food? What are the nutritional assets that come from eating animal foods or any type of protein for that matter?
Protein or amino acids are needed for growth. They are the building blocks of living cells but once you are completely grown (a fully grown human being), excessive amounts of building materials are not needed. Once a brick house is complete you don't need truckloads of bricks continually dumping material in your yard. It takes a lot of energy to move those bricks around your yard or to get them cleared out. Only a handful of bricks at a time might be needed to take care of repairs.
Amino acids are most needed when we are infants, when we experience an extremely rapid rate of growth. This is the time we require the highest amount of protein per calorie, so a mothers’ milk is a good example of the highest requirement needed. A mothers’ milk on average provides approximately 6% of calories from protein.
That mothers milk with 6% of calories from protein is a lot less than the advertising hype by the meat and dairy industries, or the US government who officially recommends 10 to 35% due to the pressure from these big industries. And yet 6% is all that is needed when an infant goes through an extremely rapid rate of growth. Compared to what we have been hearing all our lives, constantly questioning if we have gotten enough meat and dairy, we may need just 5-10% or the percentages of protein that resides in a plant-based diet.
So why? Why do we eat so much and want so much protein? I for one was a voracious animal food eater. I wasn't even aware that I was doing it. It had to be a part of every meal and it felt like my body craved it. I even felt like it gave my body energy. Well the craving and the perceived energy was coming from the acidic state it put my body in. Acidity feels like a stimulant, and we get familiar with that feeling and assume we need it. We think that we like the excited state. It's sort of like being mildly caffeinated. It also drove my body into auto immune disarray for over 15 years.
Another reason why we think we need so much protein is because of the yearly multi-million-dollar marketing programs by the meat and dairy industries. They have been drilling it into our heads for generations now. Do you remember the ad campaign "Milk, it does a body good". Well, the milk industry is legally not allowed to use that tagline anymore because scientists took them to court and forced them to stop lying to the public. They proved in court that milk does not do a body good. Confusion abounds in the medical, nutrition and self-help worlds with diets and nutrition plans popping up regularly that encourage a severe over-consumption of protein. These venues are more affected by the industry giants of meat and dairy than we realize.
And there is one more reason why we want our protein so badly (and it's not talked about very much). We want it because it tastes good. Cooked flesh and cooked fat with all the appropriate seasonings and sugars caramelized into flavors are highly sought after, craved and valued. I believe this is the most hidden cause of our high-protein intake, and we need to start talking about it. Cooked flesh, spices, seasoned fats and caramelized sugars tantalize our pallets but do not provide us with required nutrients. Instead they introduce toxins, carcinogens, un-needed bricks that clog our kidneys, and a mineral depleting engine that weakens us at our core.
I needed to learn to eat a different way. I needed to ignore the “well-rounded meal” concept and focus on facts that gave me a truly healthy body. I had to learn how to eat fresh produce, fruits and tender greens to give my body exactly what it needed.