A plant-based diet and the protein myth

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Some people have missed the memo because I still hear the myth that meat consumption is necessary for protein. It’s like the myth that the MMR vaccine causes autism. Despite evidence to the contrary it continues to spread around the blogosphere, like a zombie that never dies. At the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist, I’m beginning to wonder whether people have been brain-washed!

A plant-based diet will give you all the protein you need. If you’re eating enough calories each day, and let’s face it, most people in our society are eating too many, then you’re getting enough protein. The question you should be asking is are you getting enough fibre?

Whenever someone questions protein and plant-based diets I feel like Dr Milton Mills in the following video where in frustration he jokes that he’s going to jump off the building. It’s one of those things that has to be said over and over and over and over again. Will it ever stop?

And one last thing, this quote is a straight copy and paste from the American Dietetic Association::

It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.

If you’re eating meat and dairy products then it’s simply because you like the taste and not because it’s necessary for good health.