Protein. Everyone praises and worships it like every day is Sunday. It’s like we forget there is more to good nutrition than one nutrient. But how bad do we really need protein?
For survival, we don’t need as much as you think! Kids are taught that they need to drink whole milk for strong bones, partly due to the protein content (as well as calcium and fat). The protein content in whole milk is 21%. I can think of a million other food sources that can provide this much protein, or more. As long as kids are eating a variety of vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes… they will have no problem achieving this protein content. And there’s plenty of non-dairy milks containing nuts or seeds.
As adults, we are still stuck on this notion that protein is almighty and without it we will become scrawny and weak. We are always searching for the perfect protein. Meat is assumed to be the ultimate protein source, because it has the highest amount of protein, so it is assumed that it must be good. Even as adults, we still don’t need upwards of 40-60% protein. If we only select a food based on its protein content, and disregard all the health effects of consuming that food, we are setting ourselves up for failure. But carbs make us fat, right? Let’s just say if that were true, all the vegetarians and vegans would be dead or morbidly obese by now.
Honestly, there are vegetarians and meat-eaters of all sizes, so extreme dieting that avoids any single nutrient entirely won’t solve the world’s obesity crisis. The truth is, the older we get, the less active most of us become, and without exercise, we cannot build muscle.
Sign up for my fitness challenge to learn more about protein! In our protein lesson, I will go into more detail dispelling myths about protein needs for babies, kids, and adults alike. We will explore what protein intake is optimal for runners, strength athletes, and the average joe. Then, I’ll even shed some light on what type of protein is best for you! Join today and we’ll start tomorrow!
Written by Kelly Gibson | Kelly Athletics LLC | 480-270-4968 | www.FitWithKelly.com