What is even more alarming is that many leading scientists, doctors and nutritionists believe that the government dietary recommendations for protein are too high. In other words, the RDA is too high to begin with, and the average American diet far which exceeds those recommendations. It is no wonder that we have become a nation of the overweight and obese with rampant rates of coronary heart disease, type II diabetes, cancer and other medical conditions.
We have been programmed to believe that we need to eat lots of protein for good health and that the "right kind" (or "complete") protein only comes from animal products (i.e., meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy). This is perhaps why vegetarians and vegans are inevitably always asked: where do you get your protein?
The fact is that we simply don't need as much protein as we have been mislead to believe. And, the amount of protein that we actually do need for optimal health is more than adequately supplied by plant-based sources. So long as a vegan or vegetarian eats a healthy, whole-food, plant-based diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds, there is no risk of not getting enough protein.
Other highlights from this infographic include:
- With each extra daily serving of unprocessed red meat, your risk of dying prematurely increases by 13%
- With each extra daily serving of processed red meat, your risk of dying prematurely increases by 20%
- Animal protein requires about 100x the water need to produce grain protein
- One calorie of animal protein requires 10x more fossil fuels to produce than one calorie of plant protein
- 55% of soil erosion in the U.S. is the result of livestock
- Soil erosion costs the U.S. about $37.6 Billion each year in decreased productivity
Protein in Vegetables (Infographic)
High Protein Foods (Infographic)
Foods that Pack a Protein Punch (Infographic)
Infographic Source: Door to Door Organics