Plant vs. Animal Protein

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When people first switch to a plant based diet, someone almost always asks them, "Where do you get your protein." Fortunately, there's more and more awareness these days that lentils and beans, and even some grains, have just as much protein as meat. So, if you're concerned about getting enough protein on a plant based diet, just eat the same number of ounces of lentils or beans as you would meat and you're covered.

We've been strong advocates of a whole food plant based diet for many years now. We always knew we could get plenty of healthy protein, so weren't concerned about that. But now, there's research being done on how differently our bodies are affected by the different sources of protein, animal vs. vegetable.

It turns out that when we get our protein from animal sources, there's a lot that comes with that protein source that has negative effects on our health and weight. There are many studies now that link animal protein sources to heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Join us on the video below to hear more.

And Dr. Michael Greger has a 4-minute video on the impact of animal vs. vegetable protein sources on our longevity. We've added that to this post as well, so be sure to watch that one too.

The recipe this week is a Firefly Corn Salad. We gave it that name because all the ingredients came home with us from the farm we volunteer on each week. Give it a try. We think you'll love it.

To Your Amazing Health,

Connie and Bill

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Firefly Corn Salad (Serves 3-4)

  • 4 ears of corn, cut off from cob
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 English cucumber, sliced in half diagonals
  • 10 ripe plums, cut in pieces away from pit
  • 1 large red pepper, diced
  • 2 small Jalapeño peppers, finely diced
  • 2 limes, juiced

Add all ingredients to a large bowl, stir well and serve.