Dharmist in Progress

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." ~ Einstein

Aren’t You Worried About Protein?

on March 6, 2013

I am so tired of this question.  For reals.

If my parents and friends seriously think that I need to eat nothing but pizza and macaroni so that I get enough protein, I really think they need to rethink that.

Here‘s a great article from one of my very favorite websites, Herbivoracious.

An exerpt:

I think on some level this question is symptomatic of the larger issue of nutritionism – the idea that we need to have a scientific understanding of every calorie, every gram of fat, carbohydrate and protein, mineral and vitamin that goes into our body. I’m not saying there is no value in a basic understanding of what science and medicine have learned about food. But hominids have managed to eat just fine for millions of years by paying attention to what their bodies wanted. There probably isn’t a need to make it much more complicated than that, except to avoid eating too much junk food that has been engineered to trick and subvert your body’s basic sense of what is good to eat. You don’t have to have lived many decades to notice that nutritional advice changes constantly anyhow.

So, allow the vegetarians in your life to eat what they want.  Unless, of course, that’s solely macaroni and pizza.

 

Namaste.

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