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Protein Sources: Top 5 from Best to Worst

by ethicalDeal Marketing Consultant Vlad Chesnakov

Protein-rich spinach(photo by Nillerdk via Wikimedia Commons)

There is no such thing as a protein deficiency in the Western world. We are dealing with the opposite: an excess of protein due to high protein fad diets and heavy marketing of the meat and dairy industry. Even the World Health Organization, among other more credible sources, shows that humans need only 3-5% of total calories from protein. Incidentally, that amount is what both breast milk and most fruits deliver.

The challenge now, is getting good protein sources. Poor protein sources can leave us depleted of energy and also create health problems. Here’s a list of five protein sources from best to worst.

 

1) Raw, dark green, leafy vegetables

Where do all the giant cows, gorillas, and elephants get their protein? They go straight to the source: grass. Green chlorophyll-rich plants are the absolute best protein sources. They are bursting with a variety of nutrients, and easy to break down, digest, and assimilate. Look for darker leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, or arugula, but don’t discount other green vegetables like broccoli and brussel sprouts. Consider that broccoli has almost twice as much protein per calorie compared to steak!

2) Quinoa

Quinoa has about 12-18% protein content, which is above average in the grain category. Quinoa is considered to be a seed (gluten free), and it’s a good source of fiber, iron and many other minerals. Quinoa is a complete protein, which makes it an excellent choice for vegans. Sprouted quinoa consumed in raw form is especially nutrient-packed.

3) Nuts and seeds

These are packed with protein. The downside they are also packed with fat. For optimal health it is best to consume nuts in a sprouted form which allows for best assimilation of nutrients. Keep nuts and seeds to a minimum. A small handful per day is more than enough to keep you healthy and vibrant.

4) Meat and dairy

It’s true that dead animals and dairy (AKA liquid protein) have an ample amount of protein. This form of protein however, comes at a high price! All animal products are high in fat and cholesterol and linked to several lethal diseases such as heart disease and cancer. You also risk other unfavourable problems like constipation and impotence. The body consumes a lot of energy to break down animal products, and even after the body does all that hard work, you can be confident it does not assimilate most of the protein. Not a recommended source of protein for health.

5) Whey and soy protein powders

Be careful of anything “man-made” that you typically do not see in nature. These types of proteins are extracted and isolated from a whole food, usually a soy bean or milk. This process leaves a compound that is not meant to be consumed. Many of these compounds are toxic, as is the case with refined sugar or drugs for example. More often than not, these products are also contaminated with other toxins such as pesticides, hormones, GMO ingredients, heavy metals and more. Skip isolates and powders all together and go back to vegetables.

Remember the key is to go back to the basics. The human body and anatomy are almost identical to a gorilla’s. The gorilla thrives on fruits and leafy greens, has a tremendous amount of vitality and strength and you will never see it suffer due to lack or poor quality of protein.

 

About the author:

Vlad Chesnakov is a herbalist and a health coach. He shares solutions through a natural and vitalistic approach, teaching people to create powerful health through nutrition, cleansing and other natural therapies.  Check Vlad out at: Real Raw Health or connect with him on Facebook or @RealRawHealth on Twitter.

 

 


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