We may laugh about it now, most people had this concern at some point. Where do you get protein if you’re not eating animal foods?
There’s a widespread (but completely inaccurate) idea that only animal foods have protein (or have enough protein). But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Protein is not exclusive to animal foods. Protein is abundant in plants as well.
And, when we get our protein from plants, it comes with fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants, all of which are critically important for optimal health and disease prevention, and completely absent from animal foods.
Protein in animal foods also has a higher proportion of essential amino acids, which results in our body making higher amounts of the hormone IGF-1 (Insulin like growth factor 1), which is associated with increased cancer risk.
• Here is a video we did about animal protein and cancer.
• Here is a video we did about protein basics.
• Here is an article we wrote for Forks Over Knives about health issues with animal protein.
This incorrect idea people have about needing animals for protein needs to be dispelled once and for all. It’s having a very real impact on the environment, billions of sentient animals, and people’s health.