Americans adults have been brainwashed to believe they need to eat more protein, although high protein diets have been linked to poor health in middle age, according to a controversial study. The study claims that an animal-based, high protein diet, which includes meat, milk and cheese is as dangerous as smoking 20 cigarettes a day.
Eating A High Protein Diet Causes Early Death
The study, conducted by the University of Southern California, followed 6,318 adults over the age of fifty, and found that protein-lovers were seventy-four percent more susceptible to early death from any cause than their low-protein counterparts. These adults were also more likely to die of diabetes.
Conversely, vegans seemed to do better in studies than those who ate animal-based proteins.
Osteoporosis or sluggish Liver, anyone?
What the meat industry doesn't tell you is this: Diets high in animal protein create sluggish livers, as well as acidosis. When too much protein is consumed, your body struggles to maintain it's alkaline reserve. To maintain its alkaline balance your super efficient body, will draw calcium, which is an alkaline buffer salt, from the bones. What's more, as the body works hard to digest high amounts of protein deal with a sluggish liver and maintain its pH, it will become stressed, laying the groundwork for disease.
How much protein should you eat?
Those who eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables do well with four ounces of animal protein a day. More protein combined with animal fat will in time result in a sluggish liver, steady weight gain, adrenal fatigue, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, in that order.
Protein Is For Building
Think of protein as a brick and think of yourself as a house: In the stage of building a house bricks are necessary. However, once the house is built, there's no longer a need for bricks. This means, when we stop growing, our need for protein should be less, not more. The meat industry has the fitness industry believing high protein is the way to lower body fat, leaving so many to misunderstand their need for protein. An example would be the Atkins diet -- which suggests high amounts of protein (and we all know what happened to Dr. Atkins).
Fitness Trainers Have It Wrong When It Comes to Protein
We have listened to trainers (both on TV and off) tell us how to eat. They tell us to lower our carbs and eat more protein. This is harmful advice. Both the muscles and the brain run on carbohydrates. Limiting them limits your strength and energy. In following the 80-10-10 rule, eighty percent of the human diet should include carbs, such as vegetables and fruit, and only ten percent of the human diet should be protein. The other ten percent should be good fats like avocado and coconut.
Rest assured, there's adequate protein in plant-based foods such as vegetables, fruit, legumes, nuts, and seeds. The human body gets all the protein it requires from these foods.