By Christopher Westra:
Main Idea: Our bodies thrive with ten percent protein or less. Fruit and green leaves provide all the amino acids we need to build our bodies.
John Robbins is the author of May All Be Fed. In his book, John shows study after study showing the health dangers of a high protein diet. High protein intakes are linked to osteoporosis.
Dr. T. Colin Campbell wrote The China Study. The China study was one of the largest research projects in the world. The study showed that high protein intake leads to increased cancer rates.
Dr. Campbell says that we need only 5 to 6 percent of our daily calories coming from protein to build and repair our bodies.
Douglas Graham is the author of the 80/10/10 Diet and is also a lifelong athlete and coach. He says that even for athletes and bodybuilders, ten percent protein is still plenty.
Tim Van Orden is a runner who lives on a fruit based diet and is doing extremely well. See his website at http://RunningRaw.com for videos and race results. He just turned 40 at the time I’m writing this book and he’s winning races!
Tim is an inspiration to me as I’m a mountain runner myself. I hope to race with him soon. I’m a couple years older than Tim.
Fruit and green leaves will provide you with all the protein you need. See some figures below. These figures are from Nutridiary.com, which gets most of their date from the USDA Nutrient Database:
Apricots - 10% Protein, 6% Fat, 84% Carbohydrate
Bananas - 4% Protein, 3% Fat, 93% Carbohydrate
Cucumbers – 15% Protein, 5% Fat, 80% Carbohydrate
Oranges - 7% Protein, 2% Fat, 91% Carbohydrate
Peaches - 8% Protein, 5% Fat, 87% Carbohydrate
Lettuce – 24% Protein, 13% Fat, 63% Carbohydrate
Papaya - 6% Protein, 3% Fat, 91% Carbohydrate
Strawberries - 8% Protein, 8% Fat, 84% Carbohydrate
More protein is not better. Human mother’s milk is just 5 to 7 percent protein and that is for a rapidly growing infant!
Don’t take my word for it. Do your own research into the protein issue. You will find that a diet of varied fruits, a few vegetables, and leaves will meet all requirements.
Why then do so many people think we need to eat more protein? The answer is simple. The meat and dairy industries spend millions on advertising to make us think we need more protein.
Eat just fruits and greens for 30 days while exercising regularly. You will get enough protein to build muscle.
When you hear an “expert” claiming we need high protein, track down the source. Most often, the source will be linked to the meat and dairy industries.