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Facts on meat Vs plant protein  SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

To eat animal or not to eat animal, that is the question!!!
It has long been considered that humans are Omnivores (we appear to have evolved to metabolize both meat and plant proteins, it is assumed that we owe it to our very existence in fact) however, it is also known that potentially the volume of meat (including animal by-products), types of meat (Dioxins in animal feeds) and the preparation processes in our modern diet, can also be very detrimental to our health. So what should we be doing?. The choice of Lifestyle is your own, but it is always good to know the facts. The following outlines some interesting research and possible lifestyle guidelines, plus one testimonial by a 'plant protein' convert and the benefits to their well-being.
Foods containing protein
Meat, poultry, fish, shellfish and eggs
Pulses, nuts and seeds
Soya products and vegetable protein foods

Why is protein important?
From hair to fingernails, protein is a major functional and structural component of all our cells. Protein provides the body with roughly 10 to 15 per cent of its dietary energy, and is needed for growth and repair.
Proteins are large molecules made up of long chains of amino acid sub units. Some of these amino acids are nutritionally essential as they cannot be made or stored within the body and so must come from foods in our daily diet.
Although all animal and plant cells contain some protein, the amount and quality of this protein can vary widely. The required amount of protein for a man is 45g per day, there has never been a single known case of protein deficiency in the western world, from anyone eating a suitably calorific diet of ANY kind.

Animal protein
Protein from animal sources contains the full range of essential amino acids needed from an adult's diet. But red meat, in particular, should be eaten in limited amounts due to the high level of saturated fat it contains, which may raise blood levels of 'unhealthy' LDL cholesterol. Animal products can also contain levels of antibiotics and Dioxins.
A high intake of saturated fat can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and other related disorders. As a safer alternative source of animal protein, choose poultry, fish and shellfish.
The 2007 World Cancer Research Fund report recommended meat eaters limit their consumption of red meat to no more than 500g a week, with very little processed meat, as these have both been linked to certain forms of cancer.
Fish is a source of animal protein. Oil-rich fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, tuna, trout and sardines are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which help to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
Aim to eat a couple of portions of fish every week, with at least one portion being an oily fish.

Advice for vegans and vegetarians
Vegetarians rely on plant sources for their daily protein. By eating a well-balanced diet that contains a variety of different vegetarian foods, it is possible to consume the required amino acids (complete protein complex), regardless of the time of day they’re eaten or in what combinations within a meal.
Foods such as nuts, seeds, beans, pulses, vegetable protein foods and soya products all contain protein. There are also small amounts in grains and dairy products. Due to this variety of protein-rich foods available in the UK, protein deficiency is extremely rare.

How much is enough?
Health professionals suggest men should eat 45.5g protein a day and women 35g. In practical terms, eating a moderate amount of protein - in one or two meals every day – should give you all the protein you need. Most people in the UK eat far more protein than they actually need.

Serving size
You should eat two to three servings of protein every day from both plant and animal sources. Here are some examples of one serving (about the size of a standard pack of playing cards):
100g boneless meat (eg lean beef, lamb or pork)
100g boneless poultry (eg chicken or turkey breast)
100g fish (eg salmon, sardines or tuna)
2 medium eggs
3 tablespoons of seeds (eg sunflower or pumpkin seeds)
3 tablespoons of nuts (eg almonds or walnuts)

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