Enjoyed it until the doctor made a very basic mistake with regard to protein. So glaring and “out there”, that I questioned my own knowledge. I used my current nutrition textbook and also googled the question. My text confirmed that I remembered correctly, the best protein (which means most usable and helpful to the human body) are eggs and milk. The rest of the animal world follows.
TODAY’S LESSON: trust but verify. If something doesn’t sound quite right, search out a reliable nutrition source. WebMD has a fairly good site; the Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic also seem to have reliable information from my limited experience with them. The CDC provides legitimate stats but not much analysis which is also fine. (Or ask me!)
The second example (and I hate to be naive about internet searches) but my googled results to the protein question began with two full pages of protein supplements that were for sale.
Advertisements are just that! Supplements of all stripes, time and again, have been shown to be inferior to whole food.
As Hippocrates (and others have said): let food be thy medicine! And while I’m certainly aware of the value of medication, medical technology and advances in treatment and surgery…food first.
For a nation obsessed with protein, be mindful of all the protein sources in your diet in addition to animal sources: beans, legumes, some whole grains, nuts and seeds! And certainly, we know a plant focused diet is good for our overall health. Protein in the US diet is abundant.
Be skeptical of what you read. Skip the supplements. Eat a variety of FOOD to be well,
PS The products advertised as sports nutrition, energy bars and sports drinks are expected to reach $20 billion in sales by 2020.