The belief that we need to consume meat and dairy products in order to get enough protein is what we call “the complete protein myth.” It is one of the biggest persistent misconceptions about diet in our society.
Many people are programmed to believe that without so-called “complete” animal-based proteins, it is not possible to perform as an athlete or live a healthy life.
This protein myth has been ingrained in many minds and has still persists despite ample evidence refuting it.
The idea is perpetuated by well-funded campaigns led by the animal agriculture industry, as well as a general lack of public education about nutrition and diet.
This animal protein misconception is not only deceiving but also misleading the public to consume low-fiber factory foods laden with hormones, antibiotics, and unhealthy acidic fats.
These foods are indeed a major contributing factor to increased heart disease epidemic, cancer, osteoporosis, mood disorders, and a range of other health problems.
Protein is a vital nutrient consisting of twenty different amino acids essential in repairing and building muscle tissue. Through scientific research, it is evident that the source and amount of protein consumed matters a lot.
Eleven of the amino acids in proteins are naturally synthesized by our bodies, and the remaining nine ingested from what we eat. Technically, this means that our bodies require a specific number and type of amino acids. Nine of these essential amino acids must be consumed in the food you eat, and are readily available in plant-based sources.
It’s crucial to understand that plants and animals are made of the same 20 proteins. Whether you consume the flesh of an animal or eat a plant, you are still eating a lifeform constructed out of the same 20 proteins. One of the issues with animal proteins is that we have to break these down into the essential amino acids in order to use them, whereas we don’t have to with plants.
This process of breaking down proteins creates acids which deteriorate the body and even get trapped in our joints.
This family of proteins has been associated with the onset of numerous diseases, which includes of cancer and strokes. For this reason, from a personal perspective, plant-based protein is best for improving and revitalizing the fitness of many people.
Plant-Based Protein is What We Are Biologically Meant to Eat
The self-evident truth about our biology is that we are frugivorous, relatives of the great apes, whose diets primarily consist of tropical fruits and leaves.
Yet, these animals have strong, muscular bodies. Studies conclude that gorillas can be upwards to 15 times stronger than a human being. That’s a lot of protein fueling those muscles! But where does it come from?
Plants, of course. The gorilla diet consists of well over 50% fruit, the rest being made up of leafy greens, roots and shoots, with the occasional termite thrown in. The bonobo, an even closer relative to ours, subsists on fruits, flowers, and leaves.
Biologically speaking, these are our closest relatives in nature, and our biology proves it. Remember, biology dictates diet. Not anything else. No amount of philosophical argumentation, religious practice, custom, tradition, or belief supersedes our own biology.
Which means, of course, that our bodies are designed to get their protein from plants.
Though we can make use of the protein from animal sources, it is through great effort for our cells, and ultimately, animal protein breaks down our bodies due to its acidity. Nutrients must be leeched from our bones in order to balance our bodies.
This even holds true for milk, which is one of the most unhealthy substances we could possibly consume, and is proven to be a contributor to numerous illnesses, including osteoporosis, kidney stones, and cancer.
It’s impossible to be truly healthy if you are eating animal protein, it doesn’t matter who you are, even if you are a world-class athlete.
Your arteries are still being clogged, your liver is still working overtime, and your bones are still deteriorating because they are being used by your body as a buffer against the animal acidity.
It’s important to note the rate at which professional athletes and body builders who eat a typical western diet succumb to diseases like multiple sclerosis and osteoporosis, as well as heart disease, once they reach around 50 years of age.
Their diet catches up with them, and even though they may look relatively healthy on the outside, their joints are killing them and their hearts are straining.
We cannot digest animal protein without serious issues developing down the line.
Plant-based protein is starting to be recognized as our optimal source of protein and overall nutrition. Even world-class athletes are beginning to cut animal protein out of their diets completely.
Below are also a number of athletes who strongly support me on this stand having used plant-based proteins and achieved exceptional milestones in athletics.
- Patrik Baboumian a world record breaker on most weight carried by a single human being having hauled over 1200 pounds for a distance of 10 meters in Toronto.
- Timoty Shieff a world champion free-runner who hop-scotches off rooftops just like a video game character.
- MMA and UFC fighters Mac Danzig, Jake Shields and James Wilks.
- Multisport athletes Brendan Brazier, Esselstyn, and Ben Bostrom, renowned for motorcycle, mountain bike, and road bike racing.
- Professional triathlete and world champion Hillary Biscay who has recently raced her 66th Ironman.
- David Carter, a defensive player of the Oakland Raiders.
- Ultra-marathoners Scott Jurek, Michael Arnstein, and Jason Lester.
- And finally Timothy Bradley, Jr., who defeated Manny Pacquiao in their latest fight.
Each of these athletes will tell you that rather than milk, eggs, steak and whey supplements, you should instead try and obtain your protein requirements from plant-based sources such as beans, hemp seeds, almonds and quinoa for optimal nutrition and this will get you exactly what you are striving to achieve.
A variety of fresh fruit will also do you good if incorporated into your diet. It is also not scientifically proven that consumption of protein beyond the required 10 percent calories per day stimulates further muscle growth, so just stick to a little intake of proteins as this is sufficient for the body.
The elephant, hippo, rhino, and gorilla, some of the fiercest wild animals, are also herbivores. These animals get 99% of their protein from these plants.
This alone should be enough proof to convince anyone to put away animal protein and embark on consuming vegan protein instead
The protein craze is just a dangerous over-hyped myth. Some people even make the argument that they “crave” meat from time to time, but this is usually an indication of a nutritional deficiency that could be rectified with a proper diet.
It may seem hard to believe, but adopting vegan protein will not only improve your health but also boost your athletic performance. Avoid an excess animal protein intake for it is unnecessary and will only contribute to the onset of a numerous of diseases that can easily be avoided.
The founder of Digital Sages, Matt has an extensive background in self-mastery and has authored several books on the subject. His goal is to demystify important esoteric subjects and help people transform their lives through self-awareness and personal empowerment.