5 Proteins To NEVER Eat

February 4, 2012 by superch6

Protein is absolutely essential to the human diet.  Without it we simply would not be able to live.  You need protein and probably more than you realize in order to maintain your health, keep your immune system thriving, and to build healthy lean muscle.  However, not all proteins are created equal and the conventional food supply system has created a mass confusion on which proteins are healthy and which are downright dangerous to our health.

The purpose of this list is to give you an idea of which proteins you should cut out of your diet today.

All of the inferior proteins in this list can cause serious health issues that have been swept under the rug because of the big corporate food suppliers who make more money by selling cheap, unhealthy, and barely edible food products to the public with no regard for our health.  However, if you know what to avoid and know what the healthy alternatives are then you can actually drastically boost your health, feel great, and enjoy eating all the meat you want with nothing but health benefits to gain!

5 Proteins To Avoid At All Cost:

1. Grain fed beef

You may be familiar with the term CAFO but if not it stands for “Confined Animal Feeding Operation”.  The life of a conventional cow in the United States is that they are raised on the pastures and then sold to these CAFOs in order to be fattened up before slaughter.  Generally speaking, when the calves are brought to the feedlots they are in good health and eating a diet that is optimum for their biological makeup.  However, when they get to the feedlots they are fed corn, soy, and grains which their stomachs are not able to process properly and it wreaks havoc on their health.

As a result, the cattle are given high doses of antibiotics to keep them from getting sick.  However, this further destroys any health benefits that the cow once possessed and all of the good bacteria that once existed is nullified by this process.  From this point on the cow will never see another blade of grass in it’s life.  And by the time it is brought to slaughter the cows are generally on the brink of dying because their diet contains virtually zero nutrients for them to process and remain healthy.  Approximately 95% of all beef worldwide comes from these types of feedlot operations.  Any steak, ground beef, hamburger, or beef product that you find at your supermarket, restaurant, or butcher shop is unhealthy grain fed beef barring a small percentage of suppliers with enough sense to stock healthy beef.

So what is the alternative?  Grass fed beef.

Grass fed beef, on the other hand, is extremely healthy and is in a perfect biological state.  Pasture raised cattle that are fed grass and allowed to roam on open pastures have a significantly different biological makeup that is far superior to grain fed cattle.  Grass fed cows have a perfect ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids (1:1) whereas grain fed cattle have far more of the inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids.  Grass fed cows have higher levels of HDL which is the good cholesterol – known to lower bad cholesterol and assist in the bodies immune functions.  If you have ever heard anyone say to stay away from red meat it was because of the negative affects of unhealthy grain fed cattle.  These cattle do not need to be pumped full of antibiotics because they get so many nutrients from natural pastures that are also free of harmful chemical sprays such as pesticides and fertilizers.  Many health food stores are beginning to stock grass fed beef and if you check your local farmers market you can oftentimes find a local farmer who raises grass fed cattle and knows the benefit not only to the environment but also to our health.

2. Pasteurized grain fed milk

Everything I just mentioned in the “grain fed beef” section also applies right here.  Virtually all milk you find at the grocery store, restaurant, coffee shop, and the like is milk from feedlot cows that were fed an unnatural and unhealthy diet.  And of course, the milk they produce is also as unnatural and unhealthy.  The milk from these cows is full of antibiotics, growth hormones, and unfortunately a small amount of the health benefits that are found in quality milk.  Because of these types of production methods, milk producers were forced to pasteurize their milk in order to kill any bad bacteria.  Pasteurization is a process that uses extremely high heat in order to kill anything in the milk…both the good and the bad.  The problem is that all of the health benefits of milk are also killed in the process.

Lactose intolerant?  Think again!

If you have a problem drinking conventional milk you have probably thought that you are lactose intolerant.  However, the truth is that you could likely drink healthy raw milk by the gallons and have no problems whatsoever.  Did I just saw raw milk?  Yes I did.  It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I even knew that raw milk even existed and I am lucky enough to live in California where raw milk is still legal.  Raw milk is considered by many nutritionists (those who know what they are talking about at least) to be a superfood of the highest degree.  I had sworn off milk about 15 years ago as did my wife because we both believed that we were lactose intolerant.  However, we both drink raw milk from grass fed cows every day with zero stomach issues and it has even helped clear up any allergy problems.

Lactose intolerance should be renamed “pasteurization intolerance” because the process of pasteurization destroys all of the healthy lactobacilli in the milk.  This healthy bacteria actually allows us to produce lactase in our own guts in order to easily process and digest milk.  And milk from healthy grass fed cows contains exponentially more active nutrients and enzymes.  Since the gut is the center for the immune system, drinking raw milk from grass fed cows is a great place to start.  Get to know a farmer that raises healthy dairy cows and runs a quality operation and you can get the benefits from this amazing food.  If you want more great info on raw milk check out this website here.

3. Farmed salmon

What? Avoid salmon?  Unfortunately, the need to produce cheap protein is not limited to just the protein we can find on land.  We now have managed a way to manufacture salmon in a way that turns them from an amazing protein source to an unhealthy one as well.  Farmed salmon is very much like the grain fed cattle of the sea.  What was once a source of amazing omega 3 fatty acids has now become another source of an unbalanced source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.   As I mentioned before this causes the salmon to be in a much more inflammatory state.

Salmon harvesters have even begun feeding corn to salmon.  And if you think that a sea creature was ever meant to eat genetically modified corn then I’m sure you believe in flying gorillas as well.

So what can you eat instead?  Wild salmon…it’s that simple.  Can you see the trend here?  Nature, in it’s original state, knows what it’s doing and it’s only when we try to manipulate the system that things get out of whack.  Wild salmon is an absolutely amazing source of protein that contains incredible health benefits such as healthy CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), tons of healthy omega 3 fatty acids, and rich in nutrients such as vitamin D and selenium.

4. Soy protein

Are you like I used to be and think that soy protein is a healthy protein source?  Well, think again.  Soy protein is actually one of the worst offenders because the soy industry has pumped so much money in to advertising that their product and trying to pass it off as a health food.  The general public is now under the assumption that soy protein is an excellent way to get protein in their diets while also benefitting their heart.

First off, soy has never been a significant source of protein in any diet in human history.  Even to this day Asian countries eat far less soy than Americans do and the soy they do eat is generally much healthier.  The soy produced in the United States is a highly processed food source that is actually inedible until put through extensive processing.  And it is only then digestible…but still not healthy.  In fact, it wasn’t until a certain bacteria was discovered that could be added to soy in order to make it edible to humans.  Where was this bacteria found?  In the sewage system of a manufacturing plant.  Still want to eat soy?

Soy is also an antinutrient in that it will actually block your body from absorbing healthy nutrients.  This is one of the major reasons that soy is so often enriched with vitamins and other nutrients – so that it can be marketed as a healthy alternative to dairy while, in reality, it is blocking those vitamins and nutrients from being absorbed in the first place.

Soy is also highly allergenic and wreaks havoc on your hormone levels.  It causes both men and women to overproduce the hormone estrogen while also attacking the thyroid.  Fermented soy such as Tempeh and Natto are ok in small quantities but keep in mind that most of the soy produced comes from genetically modified crops which is another topic altogether.  The bottom line is to avoid soy…better safe than sorry. More on the dangers of soy here.

5. Conventional whey protein

Strange to see this one on a website that is all about whey protein right?  Well, the goal of this website is to help inform you about what is healthy and what is not.  Unfortunately, conventional whey protein is simply not healthy for you.

Why?

Whey protein is a protein found in dairy.  If you have ever seen how a bottle of unhomogenized milk separates so that the cream floats to the top along with a clear liquid then you have unknowingly seen whey protein in its purest form.  Whey protein is that clear liquid that separates in milk.  Whey protein powder is then made by taking that whey and drying it into a powder form so that it can be kept and eaten.  In theory this would be great…taking the healthy protein of milk and using it as a dietary supplement.  However, the source of the milk and processing of the whey can turn a superfood into junk food.

99% of the whey protein powders you find on the market today are absolute junk.  They are derived from grain fed cow’s milk and ultra-pasteurized so that every nutrient, enzyme, and good or bad bacteria is destroyed.  Remember how I talked about the benefits of healthy raw grass fed cow’s milk?  Well the exact same truths apply to whey protein.  The healthier the milk the better the whey protein.

Grass fed whey protein is a whole different story!  Grass fed whey comes from cows that are pasture raised on their natural diets to contain a healthy abundance of omega 3 fatty acids.  They contain healthy bacteria that helps you maintain a healthy gut, boost your immune system, and build strong lean muscle.

Whey protein is considered a “complete protein” because it contains all of the amino acids including all of the essential amino acids that are necessary for life.  It is also easily digestible and absorbed into the body.  It is also an excellent source of antioxidants and more specifically Glutathione which is considered the body’s master antioxidant.

Jonny Bowden in his book “The 150 Healthiest Foods On Earth” lists grass fed whey protein as one of the healthiest foods you can eat.  Grass fed whey is also an excellent of CLA which is known to boost immune function and has fat burning properties as well.  If you do not have whey protein in your diet today I highly suggest that you add a quality grass fed whey as soon as possible.

Go here to see the highest quality premium grass fed whey proteins that I could find (you won’t find these in your supermarket)

Grass fed whey protein will almost certainly cost more than conventional grain fed whey protein because it is so much cheaper to produce an inferior product.  What is your health worth to you?  Will you keep buying cheap grain fed beef, farmed salmon, soy protein, and cheap protein alternatives just because they cost a couple bucks less?

Can you see the bigger picture and realize that by saving a dollar or two today to buy cheap food you are actually all but guaranteeing that you will be spending a lot more down the road on medical expenses?  What is your health worth?  All it takes is a little knowledge of how to buy your food and you can turn it all around and live an optimum healthy lifestyle.