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Do You Believe What the Meat Industry Tells You about Protein?

The Infamous Question:
Are you getting enough protein?

Vegans and vegetarians hear this question all the time because so many people think that meat is the best way to get protein. The facts, however, tell a very different story.
 
Fact 1: Because heat alters molecular structure, 50% of the protein in meat is destroyed in the cooking process.1

Fact 2: The China Study by T. Colin Campbell rocked the nutrition world in 2006 by observing 6500 Chinese people over 20 years, concluding that the more animal protein people consume, the more modern ailments they suffer such as cancer and heart disease.

Fact 3: Some of the Earth’s biggest animals—hippos, rhinos, elephants, giraffes and cows—maintain enormous muscle mass on plant-based diets. Is anyone asking if they’re getting enough protein?!

The Protein Question Answered

It is generally recommended that 10-35% of your daily calories come from protein, depending on your age, gender and lifestyle.2Before we get into the best ways to get protein, let’s be clear on why we need it in the first place.

Great for a slow release of energy, protein is made up of amino acids that your body uses to build muscle, tissues and enzymes. There are 20 different amino acids, eight of which can’t be produced by your body and must be obtained through food. These are called the essential amino acids and they are the ones to focus on when choosing the best protein sources for you.


Top 3 Protein Sources

Check out our favorite protein sources, combined with a healthy diet loaded with protein-rich plant foods such as green vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Each of these Top 3 Protein Sources are super easy to add to a smoothie!

Sacha Inchi Protein Powder

Our organic, non-GMO sacha inchi protein powdergives you all the essential amino acids and is made up of 60% highly digestible protein, along with vitamin C, iron and calcium. Athletes are raving about it!

Sacha inchi is a beautiful vine plant indigenous to the Peruvian Amazon, which produces star-shaped pods containing seeds sometimes known as Inca peanuts. When you and your family enjoy sacha inchi protein powder, you are helping to protect the endangered fertile land in the Amazonian rainforest from being razed for raw materials that are less sustainable. It’s good for you, and the planet!

“One of the best exercise fuels – clean and lean.” Review by Mont
“I gave up on protein powders (even raw vegan ones) awhile ago till I came across this superfood. It’s so awesome to know I am getting protein to supplement my exercise on top of all these nutrients. I’ve been using sacha inchi mixed with maca in my smoothies for almost a year now and I’ve never felt better.”
 
Check out our Super Sacha Inchi Banana Smoothie recipe!

Super Sacha Inchi Banana Smoothie


Sun Warrior Protein Powder

Available in natural, chocolate and vanilla, Sun Warrior protein powder is totally raw, vegan, and is made of 85% pure protein with all the essential amino acids.
 
Unlike others on the market, the process to make Sun Warrior protein powders is completely natural without chemicals. It begins as raw, whole-grain organically grown brown rice that is carefully germinated. Natural plant enzymes are then introduced which digest almost all of the carbohydrates, leaving only easy-to-digest protein. Carefully monitored bio-fermentation progresses steadily until the protein concentration reaches 85%. The end result is pure protein powder which is highly absorbable and delicious, too!

“Best protein powder I’ve found” Review by Sunny
“I’ve used the top egg, whey, soy, pea, and other protein powders, but the digestibility, taste, consistency etc. of this is my favorite by far. I’ve used it throughout my pregnancy to meet the higher protein demands.”


Hemp Protein

Nutiva hemp protein powder is made simply from raw, certified organic hemp seeds finely milled at low temperature to contain 50% protein by weight. It is a balanced, whole protein, packed with all the essential amino acids, along with an incredible mineral content: a 3 Tbsp. serving gives you 60% RDA of magnesium, 40% RDA of iron, and 25% RDA of zinc.
 
The greatest proportion of protein in Nutiva Hemp Protein is called Edestin, a highly bio-available type most easily used by the human body, not found in soy or whey protein powders. Many health enthusiasts say that this protein powder is so sustaining that it curbs their appetite for hours, leaving them with energy to spare!
 

Bonus Protein Sources

Don’t forget that spirulina and chlorella consist of a whopping 65% protein! See our recent newsletter here to learn about the detoxification benefits of these freshwater algae.
 
Get energized, build muscle and answer the protein question with confidence from now on!

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Sources:
1 – Max Planck Institute for National Research in Germany
2 – Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Range (AMDR) reference and RDAs: Institute of Medicine (IOM) Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Fat, Fatty Acids, Cholesterol, Protein, and Amino Acids.

 

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. This information has not been approved by the FDA and has not been verified by medical professionals. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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