Awareness of the importance of having adequate protein in your diet is growing. Without protein, there is no life.
It’s surprising how hard it is to get some folks to understand simple biology and how the human body is made and functions.
Protein is present in every single cell that makes up your body and brain. Protein comes from the Greek language and means “of utmost importance.” Could that be any more to the point or clearer? I think not.
That tells you all you need to know. No protein and your cells will die, as they can’t renew themselves to continue life.
If you don’t consume enough of the right protein it means you’re starving yourself to death, as many do on the vegan diet.
“Proteins are called the workhorses of life as they provide the body with structure and perform a vast array of functions.” Human Nutrition — A University of Hawaii
The only reason you can move and do anything with your body is because of your protein-rich muscles and robust bone density.
Protein is required for your immune system to function, for nails and hair growth, it keeps your skin elastic and strong, aids your digestion, and is responsible for many other bodily functions.
Without protein, your body would fall apart — it’s the building block of life that glues you together!
There’s a lot more detail about protein, which I’m not going to get into here as this article’s purpose is to highlight protein’s critical role in life and help you understand what foods contain the most.
The answer is simpler than you think: The best, most nutrient-dense protein is found in animal meat and animal products, such as eggs and dairy.
Legumes are a source of protein, yet they contain far more carbohydrates than protein and too much fiber. The combination of fiber and sugar-rich carbohydrates makes you gain weight and become very gassy!
Various nuts like walnuts, almonds, cashews, and macadamia contain protein. Nuts also contain carbohydrates — therefore, you can only enjoy them sparingly. Nuts are a good source of fat but an insufficient source of protein.
Note: Please avoid peanuts. Peanuts are a legume and high in carbohydrates.
Veggies contain some proteins but are primarily made up of fiber and carbohydrates. Vegetables are thus not a good source of protein.
Meat — Fish — Seafood — Eggs
Now we are talking!
All the talk about what proteins you should choose for a “balanced and sustainable diet” is nonsense.
The only sources of optimal high-quality protein for humans are animals and animal products.
Whether you like it or not, that’s just a fact of life.
Beef mainly consists of protein and healthy saturated fat; the rest is water. Here’s the breakdown:
I understand some vegans choose not to eat meat for ethical reasons, just as some religions don’t allow meat.
Of course, if that’s a belief system you have and follow, that’s your choice, your life. However, it doesn’t make it healthy.
It’s impossible for vegans or vegetarians to consume adequate protein without taking multiple synthetic supplements. Living that way is sustainable, but it’s certainly far from ideal or healthy!
Living by following natural principles is always going to be the best way.
Choosing the right protein is super easy — so is your shopping list if you follow the keto-carnivore diet.
You don’t only have to eat steaks — that’s also nonsense. You have many other options that are as nutritious as steak.
Here’s my shopping list for you:
- Ground Beef or Pork
- Pork Chops
- Pork Loin
- Pork Belly or any Pork cut
- Whole Chicken with Skin
- Chicken Leg with Skin
- Chicken Wings with Skin
- Chicken Breasts
- Salmon, Tuna, Sardines, Mackerel, or any Fish
- Lobster, Oysters Clams, Shrimps, or any Seafood
- Chicken, Duck, Qual Eggs
- Whipping Cream
- Coconut Oil
I don’t buy all the above. But it’s a great selection to pick and choose from.
I usually stick to 3 to 4 types of meats, which I’ll shop ahead for one week’s cooking.
- Ground Beef and Pork for Burgers and Meatballs
- Ribeye Steaks
- Whole Chicken to roast
- Butter, cheese, whipping cream, and 24 eggs per week
I make homemade bone broth twice weekly using leftover chicken and pork bones.
Bone broth is protein and collagen-rich and a fantastic health-boosting nutrient.
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It’s best to avoid getting confused with your proteins. Animal meats and products are the single most beneficial source of protein and fats for the human body.
Legumes, vegetables, and nuts will not satisfy your body’s protein needs.
But they will make you a bloated, burping, non-stop farting machine!
MBA from Robert Kennedy College & University of Cumbria, UK.
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