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Plant Protein – What is it?

09 May

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Why don’t we bypass animal protein and simply eat amino acids?

If you want to be horrified, search the internet to see what animals like cows, pigs, chickens and even fish are forced fed on farms to fatten them up for market. Too scary to print here but I think you already know.

All we are trying to do when we eat meat, poultry and fish is get protein.

Q. What is protein?

A. “Protein is found in both animals and plants. The basic building blocks of life, amino acids, come from protein.” Mark Hyman, M.D. author of the New York Times best selling book “Ultra Metabolism.”

Q. What are Phytonutrients?

A. “Phytonutrients are healing plant chemicals, and they can be found only in certain types of carbohydrates. The prefix phyto simply means ‘plant,’ so Phytonutrients are nutrients that are found specifically in plant food. The only way you can acquire these important substances is to eat real, whole, unprocessed plant food.”

“Phytonutrients are essential to optimal health. They help to turn on genes that make you burn fat and age less quickly.” Mark Hyman, M.D.

Q. Are there amino acids in plant food?

A. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. The body has twenty different amino acids that act as these building blocks. Nonessential amino acids are those that the body can synthesize for itself, provided there is enough nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen available. Essential amino acids are those supplied by the diet, since the human body either cannot make them at all or cannot make them in sufficient quantity to meet its needs. Under normal conditions, eleven of the amino acids are nonessential and nine are essential.

Humans consume many foods that contain proteins or amino acids. With the increasing emphasis on vegetarian diets, plant sources of protein are gaining in popularity. Such sources include dried beans (black, kidney, northern, red, and white beans), peas, nuts, and seeds. Although plant sources generally lack one or more of the essential amino acids, when combined with whole grains, or by eating nuts or seeds with legumes, all the amino acids can be obtained.

Conclusion: Eating plant food can give you all your essential amino acids and much, much more. Let’s leave the animals alone and eat live nutritious whole raw foods, lose weight and be healthy.

Paul Turnbull,

Purpose Consultant

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