Protein, protein, protein. It’s a hot topic these days in the nutrition world but largely, it seems that the general public, frankly, knows very little about this coveted nutrient. Thanks to marketing magic, most people – at least here in the United States – believe that meat and dairy are the be all, end all sources of protein. You needn’t look further than ads for fast food burgers or “high-protein” milk products to see how these industries use protein to sell their products. While it is true that protein is an important building block for our bodies, the truth is Americans consume around twice the amount of protein they need and around two-thirds of that protein comes from animal sources. As we know, too much of anything is rarely good for the body and high consumption of animal proteins has been linked to obesity, type II diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and certain cancers.
In a recent episode of the #EatForThePlanet with Nil Zacharias podcast, Kathy Freston, wellness activist and co-author of Clean Protein, gets to the heart of our questions about protein and explains why you might want to be concerned about where you’re getting yours – from which source, that is.
Kathy explains the problems associated with animal proteins and why plant-based sources, and even clean meat, are better for your long-term health – as well as the health of the planet. She candidly gets into perceived myths about plant proteins, such as whether they are “complete” or not, and shares that Americans should be more concerned about their fiber intake than protein on a daily basis (luckily enough, you can get both in one by choosing plant proteins!). Kathy also discusses if all plant proteins are created equal and how to choose the best sources.
Basically, this is a conversation that will end all conversations about protein. If you’re interested in learning more about how to choose the best proteins and WHY that is so important for the future of the planet, listen in and share this episode with anyone who ever asks you the dreaded PROTEIN question.
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