Last week we introduced our new protein powder. For years, people have been asking us to develop one and after several years, we finally unveiled one of the very few protein powders that contain all organic ingredients. We have found it difficult finding pure organic ingredients that meet our stringent standards, which has caused us to delay the introduction of this and other much-needed products. We are still as particular today in carrying the highest quality products as we were 22 years ago.
There have been many who have been following the Hallelujah Diet for years who appreciated this easy to use, high quality way of including more protein in their diet. But, there were some who asking why people need to add more protein into their diet. They asked, doesn’t a whole food diet provide ample amounts of protein on a daily basis.
We would like to address this concern on 3 levels.
- Functional Medicine doctors have noted that people following a strict, mostly raw vegan diet for a long period of time have been prone to health issues that correlate with not consuming enough protein.
Protein is involved in virtually all of the body’s structural and functional mechanisms. All of our cells contain protein and it constitutes the building blocks of muscles, hair, nails, organs, skin, tendons, ligaments, enzymes, membranes, some hormones, hemoglobin, antibodies, enzymes, and much more.
Your total daily protein needs are based on your gender, size and activity level. The RDA for protein is 71 grams daily during pregnancy and lactation, 46 grams per day for all other women and 56 grams of protein daily for men, according to the Institute of Medicine. To put this in perspective, a 130-pound woman needs 47 grams of protein per day. A 170-pound man needs 62 grams of protein each day.
How many of us have actually been vigilant each day to support our salads with chickpeas, black beans or even sprinkle them with nuts? Each salad, every day?
Here is a breakdown of some of the most protein-rich vegetables:
- Pinto, garbanzo, white, kidney, lima and soy beans are all packed with protein. Per 100g, the average protein content of beans is 9g, but some varieties contain as much as 12g per 100g.
- One cup of asparagus delivers over 3g of protein
- One cup of raw cauliflower contains 2 grams of protein
- One cup of raw broccoli contains about 2.6 grams of protein.
- One artichoke contains a little over 4 grams of a decent quality protein.
- One cup of cooked spinach contains a little over 5 grams of high quality protein!
- One large potato contains approximately 7.5 grams of protein!
While other vegetables contain protein the ones listed above are considered the ones higher than most. If you were to eat a serving of each of these in one day, you would still be under 40 grams of protein. So, even though there is protein in vegetables, unless you make a concerted effort to eat the higher density vegetables, you may still not be reaching the level of protein that your body needs each and every day.
It takes great effort to ensure that you get enough beans, legumes and other protein rich sources of plant foods daily to continue to rebuild those 300 million cells that die off and are maturing. Remember, protein is the building block from which the body begins to restore, rebuild and recover.
- When we began our research on the healing powers of food more than 22 years ago, we always told you that if new evidence becomes available that we would introduce it to you. We were the first to do research on vegetarians finding that greater than 50% were deficient in Vitamin B12 (we already knew know that a high percentage of meat eaters were as well). We also informed you that after a certain amount of time on distilled water, it is best to re-mineralize it so you don’t run any potential risk of pulling minerals from your body. Later, we found that the best way to get DHA is through pure fish oil. We were the first to share the need for Vitamin D3 then one of the first to add K2. One thing that you can rely on is that when we learn of a potential deficiency or when new science becomes available we are willing to adjust our recommendations to ensure your well-being.
- Its been well documented that minimal amounts of animal protein significantly increase the risk of cancers and other diseases. Unfortunately, the fear that too much protein can cause disease has filtered into the plant-based world. Those concerns of too much protein are based on studies using animal protein as their source. The current information does not indicate that plant-based proteins have detrimental effects even if consumed in greater amounts than the body requires.
Last week we identified people who might have greater protein needs: Pregnant, lactating women, people who have a higher amount of fitness and activity, elderly people who have difficulty in maintaining their immune system and those who have digestive health issues.
Unless you are exceedingly careful to add a protein source food to your daily raw food menu, you will have difficulty reaching the recommended daily requirement, which could result in less than optimal health. Frailty can come about from a low protein diet, which may lead to burnout and not succeeding long-term on a plant-based diet. This can be avoided with the Hallelujah Diet Essential Protein product.
The goal is to continue to provide your body with the raw materials it needs to continue to rid itself of the dead, dying and diseased cells and recreate vibrant, strong and new cells. If protein is a part of that equation and it is pure, organic and effective, then by all means let’s share this good news with everyone we know!