“What do most farm animals eat?”
Plants! They are herbivores, meaning they eat plants for all their nutrition.
“Did you know most Americans eat 2x the recommended daily allowance of protein, mostly from meat and dairy? Why is that bad, you might ask?”
With the added animal based protein comes cholesterol and unhealthy fats.
“But I heard I can lose weight by eating a high animal protein diet.”
In the short-term, weight loss can occur from decreased calories not from increased protein. However, the results don’t stick around and instead your risk of health problems like heart disease, kidney disease, calcium stones, osteoporosis, and some cancers increases.
“I want to build muscle, I need meat for that, don’t I?”
We gain more muscle from eating calories from complex carbohydrates and healthy fats versus protein. You can find a list of famous athletes who are plant-based on page. Plant Strong.
“Aren’t eggs healthy?”
About 70% of the calories in eggs are from fat, mostly saturated. They are also loaded with 213mg cholesterol per average-sized egg.
Check out these great videos on Nutritionfacts.org:
- Plant Protein Preferable
- Since foods are a package deal, Dr. Walter Willet, the Chair of Harvard’s nutrition department, recommends we emphasize plant sources of protein rather than animal sources.
- Vegan Protein Status
- The anti-inflammatory nature of plant-based diet may explain higher blood protein levels in vegans.
- Is Protein Bad to the Bone?
- The best available science on protein intake and osteoporosis risk.
- Protein Intake & IGF-1 Production
- Animal protein consumption triggers the release of the cancer-promoting growth hormone IGF-1.
- Who Says Eggs Aren’t Healthy or Safe?
- Freedom of Information Act documents reveal that the U.S. Department of Agriculture warned the egg industry that saying eggs are nutritious or safe may violate rules against false and misleading advertising.
- Eggs and Arterial Function
- Even studies funded by the American Egg Board show our arteries benefit from not eating eggs.