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Month: April, 2013

Protein Propaganda

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The Protein Myth

Nutrition.gov (while I am not a proponent of the USDA’s brand of health related information this is the average American’s go to source for health and the like) provides a chart that outlines the daily recommended intake of protein for men, women and children. For adults they say this is about 5 to 6.5 ounce equivalents or 40-60 grams per day. In truth most people consume about twice this or more with the reason being extremely outdated studies which are often backed by the meat industry.

The most frequently asked question to vegans/vegetarians by meat eaters (and it’s often more of an accusation than a question) is “How do you get enough protein?” This is the most formidable weapon used by the meat industry against those who forgo animal protein as a part of their daily diet. The way in which people obsess about protein intake you would think that a protein deficiency is an epidemic waiting to happen. It’s not. There has been no evidence proving that those who intake only 20 grams of protein are at risk for anything in fact the inverse is actually true.

Protein is not a type of food it is actually a nutrient found in many different types of food. The misconception that meat=protein is one that is perpetuated by media, the USDA and enjoyed fully by a multi-billion dollar industry.   


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Vegetarian/Vegan athletes? Impossible! 

Mac Danzig (pictured above) is a mixed martial artist and UFC fighter and also a vegan.

Joe Namath is a legendary quarterback who was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1985 and he is likely one of the most well-known vegetarian athletes.

Boston Celtics player Robert Parish (Hall of Fame in 2003) is over seven feet tall and a vegetarian.

Tennis player and feminist extraordinaire Billie Jean King is a vegetarian.

Winner of ten Olympic medals, 9 of them gold, and 1991 Athlete of the Year Carl Lewis is a vegan.

Venus and Serena Williams are vegan (mostly).

All of the aforementioned are highly respected and decorated in their respective sports and each and every one found success without the incorporation of animal protein in their diets.

Animal Protein vs. Plant Protein 

Animal Protein:

A more “complete” protein? This means that is contains all of the amino acids used by our bodies to create protein and ensure that most of the body’s processes take place.

There is an extra step that our bodies must take to break down animal protein

High in fat (particularly saturated) and cholesterol

Proven to contain carcinogens

Plant Protein:

More variety is needed to acquire a “complete” protein. Quinoa and soybeans are two of the complete plant proteins

The body does not need to take an extra step to break down and utilize plant protein

No fat other than fats that are miniscule or added during food preparation

Do not contain any cancer causing carcinogens

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grams of Protein in Vegetables

The following comes from theholykale.com

(1/4 cup; 4 Tbsps)

chia seeds: 12g

Hemp seeds: 10g

Flax seeds: 8g

Walnut: 5g

(1 cup cooked)

Lentils: 18g

Split peas: 16g

Black beans: 15g

Pinto beans: 14g

Lima beans: 15g

(1 cup cooked)

Millet: 8.4g

Oat, bran: 7g

Bulgar Wheat: 6g

Quinoa: 5g

Corn (1 large cob): 5g

Potato (with skin): 5g

Broccoli (1 cup): 4g

I did not intend for this list to be exhaustive but the link above will provide you with more information on grams of protein in other vegetables. Two of the main reasons meat eaters give for not eating more of those items listed above is price and food preparation/cook time. When you purchase items that are in season you will spend less and also experience produce that tastes better. As far as price is concerned a can of beans even in a specialty store will not cost more than .69 cents or so. Seeds and nuts can be a little more pricey but they are also full of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Grains and oats are inexpensive and like beans can be incorporated into a number of meals. Soaking dried beans or lentils the night before takes as much time as marinating a cut of meat.

 I can honestly speak for all vegans/vegetarians and tell you “yes we’re getting enough protein!”

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Hold the fries…and the burger

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All those things you already know but choose to ignore

There is little doubt that a hamburger, french fries and a soda have no business anywhere near our mouths. Ever. Yet many of us enjoy, if you can call it enjoyment, the speedy, salty and sweet rush of a greasy bag devoured behind the wheel of our car on the way to work or school. It’s convenient (your endless choice of burgers, tacos, chicken, pizza, sandwiches and more), it’s cheap (relatively speaking as the average fast food meal these days that includes all the fixins will run you nearly $7) and you can even stick to your diet and order a salad (which has more sodium and calories from fat than an order of fries).

I assume that a preface such as this one is unnecessary and that you, you yes you dear reader, are at the very least informed about the travesties that take place in the fast food industry. However it’s still more than likely that you haven’t kicked the habit as I know I for one still indulge occasionally in an order of fries.

So why is it that so many of us know that one greasy bag contains so much artery clogging mush that it makes our hearts hurt and yet we eat it anyway? There is no obvious answer but I’m sure that the most popular one is that “It tastes good”. Still at what cost to your health do you allow your taste buds to be entertained?

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The Almighty McNugget

Easily a favorite menu item among children and adults alike is the chicken nugget. A crispy finger food that can be dipped into a number of sweet or tangy sauces and comes in a little box of as few as four pieces or as many as twenty. The largest fast food chain claims that their chicken nuggets are made from all white meat chicken tempura battered and cooked golden brown. In actuality these little nuggets are only made up of about 50% chicken and that is chicken that has been mechanically separated. This means that it is processed so that bones and bits of cartilage can be smoothed out and turned into a white slime.

Flavors and other ingredients are then added to the white slim to give it shape and texture and as an article in Organicauthority.com points out one of those other ingredients is “…dimethylpolysiloxane, an anti-foaming agent made of silicone that is also used in Silly Putty and cosmetics.” Dimethylpolysiloxane is also used in breast implants but the dangers it has posed have started to push it out and yet it is still marketed towards children by means of the chicken nugget everyday.

This same article mentions the additive TBHQ “…which is a chemical preservative and a form of butane (AKA lighter fluid). One gram of TBHQ can cause “nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, delirium, a sense of suffocation, and collapse,” according to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives. Five grams of TBHQ can kill you.”

Where’s the beef?

For fear of repeating myself I’d like to refer you back to BEEF! It’s what’s for dinner? Part I and BEEF! It’s what’s for dinner? Part II for a detailed look into what beef consumption will get you.

Hazlo a tu manera

Avoir votre manière

有它自己的方式

Have it your way

Haben es auf deine Weise

Hanno a modo tuo

Fast Food Nation(s)

In the 10th chapter of Fast Food Nation entitled “global realization” Eric Schlosser reveals how a McDonald’s became the first building erected in East Germany after the fall of the Berlin Wall. This McDonald’s was built on an abandoned lot a block away from the steps of the town hall in Plauen.

Plauen is located in a part of Saxony known as the Vogtland and it was the birthplace of the Hitler Youth in 1923 and later became a Nazi headquarters. Along with Dresden, Plauen received a great deal of fire-bombing from the Allies and when Germany was divided the Soviets took control of the decimated city. East Germany under Soviet control was no walk in the park and when the wall was torn down a country once divided by hate filled ideology, death and war was unified again. An American corporation then decides that this is the most appropriate time to build a fast food chain, and right on the steps of a historical and healing site.

But nothing is sacred really because there is a McDonald’s built just one mile from the parking lot of the former Dachua concentration camp. The franchise has no consideration for the 32,000+  people murdered there instead they would rather capitalize on the numerous tourists that flock to the area.

Westward Thinking is not Forward Thinking

Americans are conditioned to believe that the quarter lb. or more of beef in the fast food burger is essential delicious protein. This just isn’t the case but this ideology has spread outside of the growing confines, and waist, of the United States. As they adopt our eating habits they will also accrue our health problems including but not limited to hypertension, obesity, diabetes and cancer.   

Monsanto

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Herbicide in the first degree

Monsanto’s Roundup has been widely used since the 1970s and is now the most popular glyphosate (a synthetic compound that is a nonselective systemic herbicide, particularly effective against perennial weeds)-containig herbicide in the world. The United States uses an estimated 100 million pounds of undiluted Roundup annually. This particular herbicide is used in hopes that it will destroy weeds or other unwanted vegetation within a couple of days but it’s now known to cause Sudden Death Syndrome in plants months or even years after it is applied.

An article from June 2011 for Red Green and Blue states that top scientists from a diverse group “including Cambridge University, the King’s College London School of Medicine, and the Institute of Biology” have found (what Monsanto has known since the 1980s) and that’s that glyphosate causes malformations in experimental animals at high doses. Monsanto has also known since 1993 that these effects could occur at lower and mid doses.

Malformations in animals exposed to Roundup treated GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) include birth defects, cancer, mammary tumors, pituitary and kidney problems. There have also been high rates of birth defects and cancers found in humans in areas of South America where genetically modified Roundup ready soy is sprayed regularly with glyphosate herbicides.

Naked Capitalism outlines some of the negative effects that Roundup and genetically engineered seeds have and how “Monsanto has (among other things) genetically engineered seeds so that they can’t reproduce, denying farmers the ability to save seeds and have a measure of financial independence. In 2009, Vandana Shiva (an Indian environmental activist and anti-globalization author) estimated that 200,000 farmers in India had committed suicide since 1997, and Monsanto was a major culprit…”

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Genetically Modified Organism(s)

GMOs have been around for quite some time with the early 90’s being their first major introduction into the food supply. Most people don’t know what they are or that they are eating them on nearly a daily basis because the United States doesn’t require GMO labeling of products. The NON GMO Project states that “In nearly 50 countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs.”

As it’s name implies The NON GMO Project may be considerably biased but none the less those studies composed in the United States that insist that GMOs aren’t actually harmful to humans are studies that are all financially backed by Monsanto. Therefore why would a corporation that profits from their sale release the real dangers that GMOs may pose?

This site Shiftfrequency provides a comprehensive list of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Unfortunately this list most likely comprises many, if not all, of the items included on your most recent grocery list. There are many brands that would rather not include the GMO label on their products but like the label that provides you with Nutritional Facts it’s your right to know what you’re potentially putting into your body.

Twisted Maize of deceit

Some of the real dangers that GMOs pose are those found in rats who were fed Monsanto’s genetically modified corn. These rats quickly developed tumors and suffered kidney and liver damage. This research is what was instrumental in much of Europe banning GMOs from their shelves all together.

This same article also mention the fact that “Monsanto wants to plant a corn variant across America’s Midwest that will be resistant to a powerful pesticide produced with 2,4-D, the same compound crucial to the make-up of the notorious Vietnam War-era killer Agent Orange.” Agent Orange was a chemical weapon that caused cancer and birth defects and was developed by Monsanto for the U.S. Department of Defense.

I will not post a picture of what over 1 million people have suffered as a result of the use of Agent Orange. However a quick image search will show that the use of this same chemical to treat food coming to a super market near you is easily an example of the most irresponsible business decision ever made.

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“Monsanto Protection Act”

There has been ample backlash against Monsanto and it’s criminal business practices. While the public was distracted by Equal Marriage going to the Supreme Court and DOMA the what critics are calling the “Monsanto Protection Act” made its way virtually unscathed through Congress. This Act signed by Obama last week allows biotech companies like billion-dollar Monsanto to escape any form of litigation. What will prove to be detrimental is that Monsanto will have immunity should any of their genetically engineered products prove to have other harmful long-term effects.

Most of those senators instrumental in passing the bill were also ones that received a great deal of financial support from Monsanto to fund their campaigns. While much of this doesn’t bode well for the public’s health there was a petition containing over 250,000 signatures asking the White House to ensure that the bill wasn’t passed. Even though the bill did in fact pass this was not done entirely in vein. There will continue to be more public awareness about the harmful effects that herbicides and GMOs can have and hopefully with this there will, at the very least, be a demand for the appropriate labeling of products in the future.