For decades now, mainstream medicine has unfairly targeted meat. They’ve pulled every trick in the book to turn red meat and other animal proteins into the bad guys.
They’ve stirred up fear, claiming that meat is unhealthy and will give you heart disease. Then tossed in some politics by insisting animal protein is bad for the Earth.
And they topped it all off with an appeal to your wallet, pointing out that bean patties and soy nuggets are cheaper than beef burgers and sirloin steaks.
But if despite the hatchet job, you’re still on team meat, I’ve got some great news. If you’re not ready to give up delicious meats, there’s a new study that says you don’t have to.
Because it confirms that sneaking suspicion you’ve had, that despite the current plant protein craze, that stuff isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
One of these proteins is not like the other
We’ve been told protein is protein. And regardless of whether that protein comes from meat, crickets, tofu, or lab-manipulated monstrosities like those weird new “plant-based” burgers, the benefits are the same.
But the new study finds that claim doesn’t just flunk the taste test. It fails the test of science, too.
The conventional health authorities have cooked up what they call protein equivalents to know what you’re getting when you pick beans over meat. For example, two ounces of tofu is allegedly equal to one ounce of sirloin or roast pork.
When you see that on the label, you think you’re meeting your protein needs. But don’t be fooled. You’re likely not.
Once inside the body, those veggie proteins don’t behave in the same way. And in some cases, it doesn’t matter how much fake meat you eat. You won’t get enough protein no matter what.
Tests on 56 volunteers given different forms of protein found the body doesn’t handle them all the same way. Only animal sources delivered the full results you expect and need.
The study finds REAL meats are superior on two levels:
- They provide more of what your muscles need to maintain strength and mass.
- They leave you feeling more satisfied, so you don’t need to eat again soon.
I’d add a third to the list, even if the study didn’t touch this one:
- Real meat tastes better.
One reason for all of those differences? Animal protein provides MORE of the essential amino acids needed by muscle and for other functions in your body.
They’re “complete” proteins. Most plant sources are not. And no matter how much you eat, they’ll never be complete.
Enjoy meat and dairy guilt-free
Other studies have reached similar conclusions about dairy fats. They’ve found, for example, that real milk can help the body keep, maintain, and build muscle in ways soy milk can’t.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love a good veggie. And there are, of course, bunches of good-for-you nutrients in them.
Heck, there are even some plant “products” I enjoy from time to time. But they AREN’T a one-on-one substitute for animal protein.
So unless you have allergies or some other issue where you need to restrict or avoid animal protein or dairy, don’t let anyone scare, bully, threaten, or cajole you away from the meats you crave.
As long as you choose fresh and ideally organic, that animal protein is not only safe. It’s essential.
And be sure to be very careful about any processed plant products you choose to try. See my earlier report New study reveals the truth about artificial meats for some practical tips.