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How Do Vegans Get Protein?

April 01, 2015 1

For some it may be hard to imagine a meal or day without meat but there are several reasons why we should start to change this mindset! Beef, along with other red meats is known to have many attributes that are harmful to our bodies in terms of health and weight gain to mention a few. With such an array of healthier options available in the market today (many supply more protein then beef!) and our ever-growing interest in our health, you have to wonder how much longer consumption will go on. Besides from just the basic inhumane way most of these cows are being treated during farming, it is just simply bad for the environment. Lets start to look into what beef is supplying to our bodies: High Levels of Saturated Fats. Saturated fats are harmful to our hearts as they elevate low-density lipoproteins (LDL), which are a bad form of cholesterol. Beef has a high amount of these fats that go on to cause LDL to build up inside of your arteries, causing them to narrow and requiring your heart to work harder to pump blood around. This added strain not only increases your blood pressure but also puts you at a higher risk of having a heart attack. High Concentration of Fat. Beef has a high concentration of fat causing it to be high in calories. Just three ounces of beef has up to 200 calories but many restaurant portions are double or triple that size just adding up the calories. Having three ounces of beef in just four of your meals per week is enough calories to result in gaining one pound of body weight in a month. Hormones and Antibiotics. Unlike meat that your parents were probably consuming, todays average cow has been pumped with hormones to make it grow faster and antibiotics to prevent disease. Unwillingly forcing hormones into cows, nothing about that sounds ethical. These hormones and antibiotics then stay in the meat and get passed on into us through consumption. A Harvard study found a link between the consumption of red meat and colon cancer. Eating large amounts of red meat can produce genetic damage to colon cells, which shows up in the body in as little as a few weeks. How would you like to be cramped into a dark overcrowded warehouse to be overfed and pumped full of hormones and antibiotics? So why do we do this to these gentle creatures? “Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.” - Thomas De Quincey Factory farmed animals are facing horrific living conditions, from being crammed by the thousands into windowless warehouses or sheds to being trapped behind wire cages. These animals will never get the chance to raise their families, build nests or doing anything that is natural. Most do not even get the chance to see the sun or feel fresh grass below them. The factory farming industry views the animal’s life as nothing more than inventory to make profit off of, and what is better than higher production levels and higher profit margins? Giving these animals a chance of an organic none-drug fueled happy life. Great Protein Alternatives: Quinoa: 1 cup contains 8 grams of protein Lentils: 1 cup of cooked lentils contains 18 grams Beans: 1 cup of cooked beans contains 12-14 grams Chia Seeds: 1 ounce contains 4 grams



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