Spinach Makes You Strong!

I’m a big guy, but with the exception of some fish a few times a month, I don’t eat any meat. So, where do I get my protein—VEGGIES! Here, I’ll let Dr. Fuhrman explain:
The biggest animals--elephants, gorillas, rhinoceroses, hippopotamuses, and giraffes--all eat predominantly green vegetation. How did they get the protein to get so big? Obviously, greens pack a powerful protein punch, in fact, all protein on the planet was formed from the effect of sunlight on green plants. The cow didn't eat another cow to form the protein in its muscles, which we call steak. The protein wasn't formed out of thin air--the cow ate grass. Not that protein is such a big deal or some special nutrient to be held in high esteem. I am making this point because most people think animal products are necessary for a diet to include adequate protein. I am merely illustrating how easy it is to consume more than enough protein while at the same time avoiding risky, cancer-promoting substances such as saturated fat. Consuming more plant protein is also the key to achieving safe and successful weight loss.
Gorillas and elephants, I’m happy to be in the company of giants. Now, new research supports the idea that green veggies—like spinach—build muscle. From NewScientist:

SOME may scoff at the notion that spinach - despite containing nutrients - builds muscles, but Popeye may have been on to something. A steroid found in leafy greens ramps up protein synthesis in muscles.

A team led by Ilya Raskin of Rutgers University in New Jersey extracted phytoecdysteroids from spinach. When they placed the liquid extract on samples of cultured human muscle, it sped up growth by 20 per cent. Rats were also slightly stronger after a month of injections of the extract.
I like to think of myself as living proof that you DON’T need animal protein to be big and strong. For more, check out: Complementary Protein Myth Won't Go Away!
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Keith Lewis - May 11, 2008 1:27 AM

"Unfortunately, you would need to eat more than a kilogram of spinach every day to gain equivalent amounts of the steroid."

Unfortunately? The only unfortunate thing is I can't physically get a kilo of greens into my gut in a day. I have to save a little room for beans and fruit.

Rae - May 12, 2008 4:18 PM

Hands down the most annoying question people ask me about eating veggie! I don't ask people who eat the American diet where they get their nutrients.

Gerry Pugliese - May 12, 2008 4:25 PM

Hey Rae-

Not a week goes by where I don't have to explain to someone that you don't need endless pounds of T-bone steak to build muscle...very annoying. I share your pain.


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