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Protein in the Produce Isle

I found this great quote about vegetable protein over at Jugalbandi—a site powdered by plant protein—take a look:
All of these proteins can be obtained from plant based sources. The body is agnostic to the source, as long as the sufficiency and balance requirements of amino acids (the building blocks of protein) are met.
Vegetable protein is the real deal. “Complete protein” is just a myth. Dr. Fuhrman’s buddy Jeff Novick, MS, RD has explained it countless times:
Unfortunately, the “incomplete protein” myth seems unwilling to die. In an October 2001 article in the medical journal Circulation on the hazards of high-protein diets, the Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association wrote, “Although plant proteins form a large part of the human diet, most are deficient in one or more essential amino acids and are therefore regarded as incomplete proteins.”1 Oops!

Medical doctor and writer John McDougall wrote to the editor pointing out the mistake. But in a stunning example of avoiding science for convenience, instead of acknowledging their mistake, Barbara Howard, Ph.D., head of the Nutrition Committee, replied on June 25, 2002 to Dr. McDougall’s letter and stated (without a single scientific reference) that the committee was right and “most (plant foods) are deficient in one or more essential amino acids.” Clearly, the committee did not want to be confused by the facts.
Dr. Fuhrman knows there are plenty of protein-building amino acids in vegetables. He talks about it in the new Food Scoring Guide. Here’s a bit:
Amino acids are the building blocks that make proteins. All vegetables and grains contain all eight of the essential amino acids (as well as the twelve other non-essential). While some vegetables have higher or lower proportion of certain amino acids than others, when eaten in amounts to satisfy your caloric needs, a sufficient amount of all essential amino acids is provided. Today’s nutritional science has deemphasized the importance of protein because we now know that it is easy to get enough, and that too much is not good.
Hey, just think. Rhinosauruses and Gorillas, big beefy animals, both, mainly eat plants—a lot of plants!
1. Circulation 2001;104: 1869-74.
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