Animal Protein - 3 Reasons We Don't Need It
Most of us are already well aware that proteins play a key role in our bodies. It usually becomes an issue at the latest when you start a diet or start fitness training. Muscle building in particular is often mentioned in the same breath as protein intake. Here you can find out what role proteins play in our body, which foods are good suppliers and why we definitely do not need animal protein.
What is protein and why is it important?
Protein is instrumental in building muscles and other body tissues, but is also important for many metabolic processes. They transport essential substances in our body. Proteins are made up of individual amino acids that are chained together in an incredible number of different combinations. There are eight amino acids that our body cannot produce itself and that we therefore have to get from food. These are called essential amino acids.
If we take a look at the protein functions, their enormously important role in our organism becomes clear:
- Fat and oxygen transport
- muscle function
- hormone balance
- immune defense
- formation of new cells
- connective tissue and cartilage production.
If we ingest protein with food, it is broken down into the individual amino acids during digestion, from which the body's own protein is formed. Most people think of eggs, meat, quark and fish when it comes to meeting their protein needs. Yes, all of these products have a high protein content, but under what conditions? We think that we absolutely do not need animal protein - and are happy to explain why:
1. Animal protein makes you sick
It's no longer a secret that most animals are kept under cruel conditions and are "optimized" to provide as much meat or milk as possible in as little time as possible. For example, turkeys have been bred away from the feeling of satiety over time so that they gain weight as quickly as possible. The only goal behind it: profit.
Not only the husbandry conditions alone are a clear reason for us to avoid animal ingredients in all our products. Due to the poor husbandry conditions, many animals are also fed antibiotics in order to survive longer. It is hardly surprising that many animal products in the supermarket are contaminated with antibiotic-resistant germs and that fish contains heavy metals.
A long-term study has also shown that excessive consumption of animal protein can shorten life expectancy and increase the risk of cancer, coronary heart disease, diabetes and kidney failure. According to the experts, a daily serving of 50g of processed meat increases the risk of cancer by 18%.
2. Vegetable protein also scores with fiber & Co.
Again and again we hear sentences like: "In many plant-based foods, the essential amino acids are not available in sufficient quantities." But that doesn't make them any worse, because at the end of the day the entire spectrum of amino acids plays the decisive role. By cleverly combining different plant-based protein sources, all essential amino acids can be absorbed without any problems.
A great combination is, for example, legumes and whole grains. Nuts and seeds also provide a decent amount of vegetable protein - it's not for nothing that we love hemp seeds so much that they are a must-have in our products. Plants not only contain important proteins, they also score with fiber. Animal products lack these. Nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants can also be found in plants. A vegan diet can cover much more than just the protein requirement. You can read in our article about vegan nutrition and fitness that this also works for athletes.
"But evolutionarily, humans have always eaten meat." Did you know that the structure of our teeth and our swallowing reflex resemble a herbivore? After all, we buy and swallow our food instead of "grabbing" it. Thanks to the fermentation chambers in the large intestine, we are not dependent on animal protein, because these chambers can also digest food that is difficult to digest.
3. Vegetable protein is better for the climate
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), around a third of the entire earth's surface is used for animal husbandry. Animal farming emits about 20% of global greenhouse gases. To put this into perspective: That's more than the entire transport sector combined! The emissions result from the animals' digestion process and from the high waste of water, land and food resources. The more animal husbandry is practiced, the more drastically the CO2 emissions increase. The greater the greed for animal products, the greater the scale of world hunger. In theory, there are enough grains and soy to feed the entire world population. However, the people who need this food are denied it and instead put it into the animal industry.
A vegan diet, in turn, can reduce emissions from food by up to 49%. This also becomes clear in our article on the impact of the dairy industry on our planet .
How to get your protein needs from plant-based sources
- Hemp seeds – of course 😉
High Protein Recipes
Finally, we would like to give you our favorite plant-based protein sources:
The protein can be absorbed particularly well in certain food combinations. For example in pasta with lentil Bolognese, lentils with rice, fried potatoes with soy yoghurt dip and salad or quinoa salad with kidney beans and cashew nuts.
Another one should say that you need animal protein 🌱
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