It has been said that North Americans eat too much protein, that information came from studies in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s before we were told to cut down on fat, especially saturated fat. The problem with that is most of our usual protein sources like meat milk and cheese, have a lot of fat attached to them. As we lower fat in our diets, we inevitably lower our protein intake.
Consider a breakfast of the “pre-fat fear” era. This is a nice contribution of protein, but way too fatty for today’s low fat standards. Note both the protein content and the fat content:
Two fried eggs
Two pieces of bacon
Coffee and cream
A breakfast now often looks like this:
Bowl of sugary cereal
Splash of milk
Cup of tea
Notice the fat is just about gone, but it’s now nearly devoid of significant protein. If the low fat trend continues throughout the day with the rest of our meals, it is quite possible to end up low in protein.
Being low in protein, not just deficient, can lower immune response and cause some other problems. In a study of older women aged 66-79, half the women consumed their RDA (recommended daily allowance) of 50 grams a day and the other group only half the RDA. After only nine weeks the women on the low protein had significant losses in immune response, muscle strength, muscle mass and lean body mass. There is so much out there saying to not eat high protein diets that it could backfire on us if we over-react.
Including soy protein isolate as a supplement has been shown to be involved in the prevention of some serious American diseases. Susan Potter, Ph.D., at he University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, studied soy protein and heart disease. She tested various soy products and combinations, she found that isolated soy protein worked the best, resulting in a 12% drop in total cholesterol and an 11.5 drop in the “bad cholesterol” (LDL).
The researchers concluded: “The fact that a significant reduction was obtained by consuming 50 grams a day of soy protein sets a practical and achievable goal that would be beneficial in the treatment of high blood cholesterol and coronary artery disease.” In follow-up studies by Dr. Potter’s group, it was shown that even 25 grams (roughly on-half a cup) of soy protein daily could result in significant reduction of cholesterol levels in those with elevated levels.
Increasing evidence indicates that people who eat a diet high in soy protein are much less likely to develop cancer, especially of the breast and prostate. Additionally those on high soy diets are less likely to suffer osteoporosis, kidney disease or troubling symptoms of menopause. One study found that only 9% of Asian women complained of menopausal symptoms in contrast to an astounding 55% of American women. It takes about 1 to 2 ounces a day to achieve these benefits.
Some other fun facts about protein:
It builds and repairs body tissue cells, hormones and enzymes.
Stress, pregnancy, growth and nursing increase the need for quality protein.
Hair, nails and skin are almost completely protein, good protein increases their growth and health.
“Protein” comes from a Greek word which means “takes first place.” This is very true when it comes to optimal nutrition. You are literally made of protein. If you choose to supplement, make sure you get the best you can find, like Shaklee’s Energizing Soy Protein.
The Creamy Cocoa and Natural Vanilla shakes offer sustained energy with the highest quality plant based protein available. They are naturally low in fat, cholesterol free, provide 14 grams of protein per serving and contain all 9 essential amino acids. Shaklee uses only IPP-Certified Non-GMO soy protein and is Kosher certified. Energizing Soy-protein also helps support the immune system, retain normal cholesterol levels, promote heart and prostate health, contain soy isoflavones, which can help minimize hot flashes and promote breast health, helps build muscle, skin and hormones and offers a measurable energy lift throughout the day.
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