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Vegetarians – Where Do You Get Your Protein?

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As a vegetarian, I am always asked “Where do you get your protein?”. All food is made of protein! Every cell in every animal, vegetable and fruit are made of protein. A recent study, as reported by Dr Greger in his video below, shows that all Americans, carnivores, vegetarians and vegens get more protein than they need on a daily basis. Too much protein can be toxic and affect the kidneys and liver. So put to rest this question once and for all. We are all getting enough protein in our diets.

Dr Greger asks a more important question, “Where do you get your fiber?”. 97% of Americans are DEFICIENT in fiber! This is a major concern to your health. Some Americans think that steak gives them fiber. This is false. By definition, fiber ONLY comes from plant foods. If you are not eating enough vegetables and fruits, you are NOT getting enough fiber!

What are you eating?

 

To Juice or not to Juice

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Extracting wheatgrass juice with a manual juic...

Extracting wheatgrass juice with a manual juicing machine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Juicing is becoming more popular. Many people find it a way to eat vegetables they don’t like by adding sweet tasting fruits. It is better for you than eating fast foods or animal products. What we need to be aware of is it strips out natures fiber. Fruit has sugar, we have talked about this before but it packs the sugar in bundles of fiber. The fiber acts as time release capsules. The sugar is slowly released into our systems which is safer and healthier than an immediate sugar rush from candy bars or juices. Commercial juicing strips almost all fiber out. Home juicing leaves some but it’s not as much as eating a piece of raw fruit as nature intended it.

Juice if you must but eat some raw fruits and vegetables as well as some vegetables slightly cooked. DO NOT OVER COOKED YOUR VEGGIES!

The Singing Scientist, Matt Barnett, Sings on the benefits of Fiber

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Matt sings about plant-based fiber and how it helps keep us healthy. It also helps keep us lean and fit. Fruits and vegetables are a powerful force in keeping us healthy.

THE DANGERS OF MILK MEAT AND EGGS AND THE CONNECTED ILLNESSES! (Part 5 of 6)

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This is part 5 of a 6 part series how milk, meat and eggs can make us sick. He discusses what we need to eat to survive (Protein from plants, Water, Vitamins, Minerals, energy from sugars and carbohydrates, and Fiber). All of this comes from plant based diets. Are you eating you veggies?

Can Fiber Add Years to your Life?

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US News and World Report states that a new finding equates more fiber with more years on your life. Data from nearly 400,000 men and women ages 50 to 71 were more likely to live longer because their diets included more fiber. This reduced heart disease risk as well. Fiber may cause positive epigenetic changes that extend life by reducing risks of disease.