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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.
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.
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.
So just recently I had moved across country from Orlando, Florida – Home of Mickey Mouse yes and all the way out to Los Angeles, California. It is definitely a big change but in a great way. I’ve spent a lot of time out here but one of the reasons I love California is because everybody so health conscious which is great for me and helps me fit in when I tell people I’m a nutritionist.
But I will tell you the hardest thing for me was eating healthy driving out here. If you are going on a road trip this probably won’t even cross your mind but you tend to eat quickly so you can stay on the road and that can be a calorie killer. Even for me I tried my best but it is just simply not easy.
Which brings me to the point that you should bring some snacks along with you. Not only that but it helped me realize I should be telling you guys that when you are hungry it is ok to graze throughout the day and have 4-6 smaller meals with some snacks.
HOWEVER: Make sure those snacks are organic and healthy. One of the best snacks I took along my trip was assorted nuts that were low in sodium. These helps fill you up and give you lots of protein that you are going to need. Also dried and fresh fruits are great to snag as well.
But I also wanted to share with you what happened when I was traveling through Austin, Texas to stay at my other buddy Matt’s house. I had asked him if there were any juice bars around and he pointed me in the direction of this place called “The Daily Juice Co.”
Needless to say this place was incredible. It was loaded with incredible superfood, natural, and organic juices and smoothies that give you the natural boost I’m always talking about with whey protein smoothies.
I had this natural coconut, banana & kale drink called the CoCo Loco that was incredible. And luckily for me because I was driving and moving all my stuff I happened to have my favorite whey protein powder in the car with me I threw in.
That was a lifesaver and really helped me stay on track. But that being said if you are ever in Austin Texas look up “The Daily Juice Co.” because it is this little hippie joint with tons of great stuff and information on health food and they are spot on.
The other interesting part was how happy everybody was there. I mean smiles for days on everyone’s faces and I could tell that is partially because they enjoy living and eating a healthy lifestyle.
So make sure you are doing the same. I know it’s been a while since my last post but chalk that up to the big move. So stay healthy and if you’re on the road or stuck in traffic get yourself some nuts or grab a whey smoothie to take along the way.
More posts coming soon — I promise
Did you know that bananas are comparable to any other fruit when it comes to health benefits and the old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor a way” could be altered to a “banana a day.” The reason is because these yellow skinned fruits carry far more nutritional value than apples do.
Bananas not only carry two time the amount of carbohydrates than apples do but also 5 times as much iron and Vitamin A and two times the amount of phosophorus while also being loaded with rich potassium.
These in my opinion are one of those fruits that tend to get overlooked but have incredibly well rounded benefits to them that go as far as the eye can see.
Bananas are actually a relaxer as well because they contain the chemical tryptophan which is also known for being in turkey. This mood regulating substance also contains a level of protein that helps the mind relax so you feel happier throughout the day. Also according to the website Bananasaver.com, people that are suffering from depression often report feeling better after consuming a banana.
Here are some other added benefits of bananas you might want to know about:
– They help with menstrual pains
– Great for pregnant women to provide essential nutrients and promote health
– Excellent to add vitamins to help cure your hangover
– Rich in Iron
– Helps soothes ulcers
and tons more…
So make sure you are utilizing this great fruit in some of your whey smoothies. I would recommend when using this though to add some water or coconut water to your smoothie to make the text less thick so it goes down easier.
Also make sure you are getting yourself some whey protein powder that we recommend because out of all our research this is the best of the best that is out there on the market.
Feel free to leave some comment love too…love hearing from you guys!
One of these foods that has slowly risen to fame over the last few years is the dark green leavy vegetable of the lettuce family known as Kale. This is truly in my expert opinion one of the most overlooked foods on the market. But the reason I think is because people have no idea what it really is or the benefits of consuming it.
Kale is absolutely loaded with Vitamin K as well as any other dark green leafy vegetable like spinach. I’m pretty sure if Popeye was to turn his head to a new vegetable for his power he would be squishing cans of Kale as a replacement. But as you know I’m not a firm believer of anything in can form so I’d have to tell him where the produce section of the supermarket was.
The reason why Vitamin K is so important is because it is known as the heart and bone builder of your body. Studies have shown that people are incredibly deficient when it comes to getting this vitamin but kale is known to fix that each serving you have. For instance one cup of kale is enough to give your body 1327.6% of your daily value.
Not only that but here just a few other tidbits of why kale is so great:
- It helps fight off numerous causes of cancer more than any other vegetable (including bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer, and prostate cancer)
- It contains anti-inflammatory nutrients
- It is anti-oxidant rich
- Is known to lower cholesterol
- Plus tons more…
So make sure you try this leafy green out sometime…one of the great ways you can use this stuff is either by putting it in a pot of boiling water and boil it down like spinach or to juice it.
I personally love making whey smoothies or juicing up a bunch of carrots, kale, apples, and a lemon and adding it to my favorite undenatured whey protein powder because it will have so much nutritional benefits.
Next time you are at the grocery store check it out for yourself.
Til Next Time…