As we have been talking about protein sources, we have discovered that chronic disease is seen most often in those who obtain their protein from animal flesh and other animal products. On the other hand, Walter Willett, the Chair of the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, has shared that a diet high in fruits and vegetables is a key factor in reducing your risk of developing chronic disease. In fact, the American Cancer Society has made the following recommendations, which are essential for preventing cancer through diet:

1. Eat more plant-based foods

2. Eat fewer animal-based foods

Thinking about these recommendations, you may wonder how you are supposed to meet your daily protein requirements if you omit animal flesh from your diet. Well, the first thing to consider is how much protein you really need. Currently, the average American is consuming protein in amounts that are well above their daily protein requirement. In addition to the protein you consume, your body reuses and recycles body proteins which contribute over 70% of your daily protein needs. As stated in a previous post, your protein needs CAN be met through a well-planned plant-based diet. Eating a variety of plant based foods will ensure that you get more than enough protein. Having a chart of plant protein sources will help you create healthy dishes that will meet your protein needs.  For bonus pleasure reading, you can check out Young and Pellett, Plant proteins in human nutrition where scientists conclude that “a mixture of plant proteins are fully adequate to meet human requirements.”