So many people forwarded this piece to me when it was published last week in the NY Times. I stewed about it for a few days. Although it has some good points, it's also got some really glaring errors. Today I submitted this comment, published on NewYorkTimes.com.
"Speaking of misstatements, there are some in this piece. First, the claim that 'the protein in plants is not complete and must be balanced by consuming complementary sources, like beans and grains' in a single meal has been debunked. According to the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, 'The terms complete and incomplete are misleading in relation to plant protein. Protein from a variety of plant foods, eaten during the course of a day, supplies enough of all essential amino acids when caloric requirements are met' (1) – a position widely accepted in the nutrition science community. It’s disappointing, to say the least, to see misinformation published in The New York Times.
Regarding Ms. Brody’s infuriation at the claim about processed meat & diabetes: she has only to look at the original research. Indeed, a 2012 meta-analysis did show that 50g (one serving) per day of processed red meat increased the risk of diabetes by 51% (2). Subsequent studies have confirmed that processed meat carries the highest reported risk of diabetes vs other foods (3).
While it’s true that some unhealthful foods happen to be vegan, it is also true that all diets should be well planned, wherever they exist on the spectrum of omnivore to fully plant-based. A whole-foods plant-based diet is extraordinarily health promoting, and it’s certainly lifesaving for our planet and the other animals with whom we share it."
Thx to @activistvegan for inspiring me to post. :)
(1) AND Position Statement, J Acad Nutr Diet 2016
(2) Micha et al, Curr Atheroscler Rep 2012
(3) Schwingshackl et al, Eur J Epidemiol 2017
💲FOR THE BUDGET CONSCIOUS💲 – ◻ORGANIC TOFU vs 🐔ORGANIC CHICKEN BREAST! Keep reading to learn more 🤓…
☝️First and foremost, no matter which side of the fence you are on with Tofu or Chicken Breast, I just wanted to highlight that this isn’t meant to be a conversation around the ‘healthiness’ of either food. Simply a comparison to show the difference in price between these two high protein sources – price per lb and price per gram of protein.
🙌Now if you are like me and are budget conscious, every penny counts. Since becoming vegan 4 years ago, my grocery bill took a very budget friendly turn and thankfully because my caloric intake needs on a daily basis are fairly high relatively speaking. Also, because my primary form of activity is strength training, higher protein requirements come with the territory to adequately recover from microtrauma to the muscles as a result of training.
🤔So why did I choose Organic Tofu vs Organic Chicken Breast exactly? Well, Tofu in my personal opinion is one of those “vegan foods” that is most associated as a primary source of plant-based protein, so it would be considered a fair comparison in that respect. Also, Tofu can be used very similarly in meals like Chicken can, it can be marinated, seasoned, baked, fried etc… So for the sake of a simple swap it definitely fits the bill.
🤓So without further ado, let’s get to crunching the numbers shall we? *numbers rounded where necessary...
🔶Organic Extra Firm Tofu (Source: 365 Whole Foods Brand)
🔹$2.27 per lb
🔹46 grams of protein per lb = 0.05¢ per gram of protein
🔶Organic Chicken Breast (Source: 365 Whole Foods Brand)
🔹$9.89 per lb
🔹104 grams of protein per lb = 0.10¢ per gram of protein
👀So as we can see it is twice as costly per gram of protein going for an organic variety of Chicken Breast vs Tofu. So if you are looking for a quality source of protein that is plant-based and that won’t break the bank, Tofu could indeed be a viable swap. Need some inspiration on how to cook Tofu? 🔎Google "Tofu recipes" and have fun!
❔Are you surprised in seeing the price difference between these two go-to protein sources?
1 292 weeks ago
🚨Warning: although this is extremely heartbreaking, it is reality.
WHEN YOU EAT MEAT HE DOESN'T EAT!
What does eating meat have to do with world hunger?
According to a US Department of Agriculture statistical bulletin, 80% of the agricultural land in the US is used to raise animals. Time Magazine reports that we feed 70% of the grains and cereals grown in the US to livestock. This is very ineffective because most of the feed gets wasted and only a small amount of the protein is converted to flesh. Animals require many times more calories - in forms of grain, soybean, oats, and corn - then they return in the form of meat.
The FAO reports that livestock now use 30% of the Earth's entire land surface - mostly permanent pasture, but also including 33% of the global arable land, which is used to produce feed for livestock. The University of Chicago notes that raising animals for food requires 10 times as many crops as we would need if we just ate the grains directly. If we were not using all that land to grow crops to fatten chickens, pigs, and cows, we could reforest millions of acres in the US alone. Or, we could use the grain that are not wasted on livestock to feed all the starving people in the world many times over.
It takes up to 13 lb of grain to produce 1 lb of meat. Read that line again. Now imagine taking 12 lb of food and throwing it into the garbage. Seems wasteful? Because it is.
While 60% of the grain grown is fed to farmed animals to produce a small amount of meat... Millions of people who could have eaten that grain died of starvation from a lack of food.
This year, five million people will die because they didn't have enough to eat. If you want to stop this, there is one simple choice that you can make three times a day that will make a difference: Choose vegan!
Courtesy of @dogsdontlitter Video @climate.changes - #thanksgod#universethankyou#sad#cry#african#africa#poor#childrens#help#awake#compassion#savetheplanet#recycle#savewater#noplastic#extreme#dry#nationalgeografic#love#begood#instagram#universethankyou#vegan#govegan#vegansofinstagram#respect#world#climatechanges#humanity
3 462 weeks ago
・・・ We showed footage from our undercover investigation in the country's largest slaughterhouse to some of Israel's most famous celebrities. Their reactions say it all.
Subtitles are in English. The full video is on our Facebook page "Glass Walls". We are in the final stages of processing the footage for a publication campaign online, on billboards, in magazine and newspaper articles, on the sides of buses, everywhere! To make sure that the documentation is shared and also stays on top of the news, we need your help. To make it happen and to make sure that this monumental earth shattering exposé gets maximal exposure, you are invited to donate to our crowdfund campaign, please click on the link in my bio.
In the name of all the innocent animals who were not spared, and in the name of those we all hope to save, thank you. ❤️ @gadi_wilcherski@lihisunshine@mishel_taroni@hental2o@guymeroz#food#foodie#fitness#eatclean#health#animals
Let's put this in perspective. 😉
A few people have been leaving comments recently like "but we have canines so obviously we should eat meat", so I'll address this now.
When humans eat flesh, we don't actually tear it with our canines like carnivores do.
Instead, we have to first soften meat by cooking it and then cutting it using utensils before grinding it down with our flattened molars, which, as it happens, are particularly well-suited for chewing plants.
So using teeth as an indicator of diet is a hard case to make. Hippos actually have the largest canines and are herbivores.
Domestic cats and dogs have similar dental structures, but cats are obligate carnivores and dogs can thrive on a completely plant-based diet (a previous Guinness Record set for the oldest dog in the world lived to 27 years and was held by a vegan dog named Bramble).
Gorillas also have long canines but don't eat meat. Our own teeth are closer to those of herbivores than carnivores, but we are capable of digesting the flesh and secretions of other species, which means that we can choose to eat plants, animals or both. So it's clear that a species' teeth are not a reliable determinant of its dietary requirements. However since we know we can thrive without consuming animals, that's clearly the better option, for our health, for the environment, and for the animals.
1 593 weeks ago
🍖STEAK vs BEANS🍛
⚠️First thing some will do is shake their head and say being VEGAN had nothing to do with building muscle.
👉🏼The truth is that it didn't... Obviously you can build muscle efficiently, sometimes even more easily when eating meat due to the extra calories.
🌎Which protein source is better or worse for building muscle is irrelevant for me, the only thing I care about is making sure my actions do not contribute to the mindless damage we are making to the environment and to all things living on this planet 🦍
🏃🏽Even if going vegan meant I would lose my physique and become skinny-fat, I would make the switch any day.
What is more important to you?😐
Superstrong vegan Bill McCarthy has broken a powerlifting record that had stood for 20 years.
A senior powerlifting coach for the U.S. team, McCarthy smashed a record that had been set by former IPF World Champion Kirk Karwoski - and he increased the record from 255kg (562.5lbs) to 265 (584lbs). The 36-year-old American heavyweight has managed to succeed despite his busy schedule with a newborn at home.
The athlete has been vegan since completing a 28-day challenge. McCarthy has shocked many people in that he doesn't eat animal protein. "They can’t believe that I am as big and strong as I am, the reactions are always fun!... I have had a couple of my clients try it because of the results I had, and all of them have never went back," he said.
He eats a good diet, and therefore feels there is little need for supplements, taking only B12.
Talking to Great Vegan Athletes, McCarthy said he started training for the state record a year ago. "My wife Jill and I had our daughter Wren in December, so basically training sessions while having a newborn at home was almost impossible. "Once she hit six months and we got into a regular schedule I was able to increase the frequency of my training, so I got a good 12 week cycle leading into the meet." He added: "What I did was carve out like 60-90 mins each one of those days to get a quick workout in. "Since I have been home a lot with my daughter I have been able to take on a lot of new Virtual/Online Clients, I do their programming, video analysis, meet day prep, etc." #vegan#weightlifting#muscle#bodybuilding#plantsarelife🍋☀️🌱🥝🌎 #plantbased#puravida#aquadevida💦💦💦