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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Meat Vs Vegetarian For Protein

The other day a friend and I were discussing the dairy and meat industry and just how much of an effect it has had on the way we live.

You have to hand it to them that both industries have done such an amazing marketing job over the last few decades that the majority of people actually believe that you have to eat meat to get protein and that you have to have dairy in order to get calcium.

So let's get something straight here.  First of all protein.
It's a fallacy that protein only comes from meat.  Protein also comes from a variety of other sources including vegetables, grains and nuts - refer to my article    Vegetarian Cooking and Protein

Now for the calcium and this really does take the cake.  Move over Mrs Cow there are other excellent sources of calcium including spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens and collard greens.  Others like basil, thyme and peppermint leaves are right up there as well along with tahini (sesame seeds) and....the list goes on.
I'm not disputing the calcium in dairy, in fact, real live active cultured yogurt comes out as number one, however, as with animal protein, the body can find it difficult to absorb animal based products, so I'll just stick with the vegan choices for my calcium.

Then again…….my friend and I will keep discussing the benefits of  being vegetarian  while eating the beautiful organic cheese and pour another wine!

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