|Keto, Paleo, Atkins, low-carb, high-fat–how’s a person to eat? The bestquestion is how’s a person to eat and be healthy? With so much |
information via the internet and media, what’s a person to think? Much
of scientific research is often ignored and/or manipulated to support the
latest diet trends or marketing plans. Let’s start at the very beginning—
Genesis 1:29–“Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in
it. They will be yours for food.”God created us and gave us the perfect
diet to keep us feeling and functioning at our best–fruits, vegetables,
nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains. Since it didn’t include animal
products (until after the flood), we can assume that it gave us everything we need in its whole, original, created form, including protein. There
seems to be more controversy in the diet world over carbs and fats than protein. In fact, there seems to be almost too much focus on protein.
Let’s take a closer look.
The United States eats more animal protein than any other
developed country and has more chronic health problems.
In most studies, eating more animal protein and less whole plant foods
is linked to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart
disease, and cancer. Those eating higher amounts of animal protein tend to have more incidents of kidney stones, rheumatoid arthritis, gall
bladder problems, gout, and inflammatory bowel conditions.
Meat promotes inflammation that can lead to a chronic immune
response (autoimmune), which can be a factor in developing a variety of chronic health disorders.
Meat often contains antibiotics, which can disrupt healthy intestinal
bacteria, contributing to weight gain and immune problems.
Analysis of bones by archaeologists have found more cancer among
those who ate more meat.
People who consume diets high in animal products tend to experience
more problems with mood, concentration, and dementia.
The USDA recommends an average of 56 grams of daily protein for men
and 46 grams for women. In assuming that it’s better to consume more
protein than not enough, these recommendations are on the high side.
It’s easy to get more than double these amounts if you’re eating the
standard American diet. Besides the meat on your plate, it’s the cheese on your salad or in your salad dressing, the protein in your snack bar or
smoothie. It adds up!
Some of the high-protein diets (Atkins, Paleo, Keto) recommend as much as 30 to 50% of daily calories come from protein. In contrast, some of
the longest living people in the world get an average of only 10% of
their calories from protein.
The world’s highest percentage of people who live to be 100
(centenarians) live in Okinawa, Japan. Most of their calories come
from rice and yams (carbohydrates). Many of us think that we need to avoid carbs!
Most of our modern disease can be linked to a produce-deficient diet.Americans have an average caloric intake of 5 to 7% from fruits and
The reference points for much of this information is taken from the book written by Garth Davis, M.D, Proteinaholic. Dr. Davis runs the Davis
Clinic for Medical and Surgical Weight Loss in Houston, Texas. When he wrote his first book, The Expert’s Guide to Weight Loss Surgery, he
recommended the Zone Diet to his patients. After working with
thousands of patients and changing his own diet, he changed his mind
about high-protein diets and wrote Proteinaholic.
You can visit Dr. Davis’ website to use his Proteinaholic Calculator to get
your own protein recommendations.
Healthy Action: Keep a food journal to see how much protein you are
eating, especially in the form of animal products.
Check out my Eat to be Healthy Program!
|Keep learning to be healthy!|
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach
1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need. Consult your healthcare provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.