The 6th Thought: Plants vs Animals

“To wrongly suggest that people need to eat animal protein for proper nutrition encourages consumption of foods known to contribute to the incidence of heart disease, diabetes, obesity, many forms of cancer, and other common health problems.”

-Jeff Novick, MS., R.D.
The Myth of Complemtary Protein – ForksOverKnives.com

Something I hear all the time on the weight lifting forum I frequent, “you are getting incomplete proteins” since I don’t include animal protein in my diet. This is a myth “inadvertently promoted and popularized in the 1971 book, Diet for a Small Planet, by Frances Moore Lappé.” Unfortunately this myth doesn’t seem to die, as Dr. John McDougall found out in a response to the medical journal Circulation, the Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association, which wrote :Although plant proteins form a large part of the human diet, most are deficient in one or more essential amino acids and are therefore regarded as incomplete proteins.” Barbara Howard, Ph.D., head of the Nutrition Committee, replied on June 25, 2002 to Dr. McDougall’s letter, stating (without a single scientific reference) that the committee was correct and that “most [plant foods] are deficient in one or more essential amino acids.” Clearly, the committee did not want to be confused by the facts. So don’t worry about my protein intake and I won’t comment on your poor diet choices.

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