For some who have recently gone vegan or vegetarian, it never fails that the first question family members and friends ask is, "where do you get your protein?". The dairy, meat, and egg industry have been in the spotlight for far too long, it is time for people to re-evaluate the necessity of consuming flesh-based protein.
Flesh-based protein is an easy way to up the protein content of any given meal, but what most people do not know is that this convenience comes at a price. The average hard-boiled large egg contains a modest six grams of protein per serving. For those of us who actually do eat breakfast, downing two or three hard-boiled eggs is an easy feat, but is all that extra saturated fat and whopping amounts of cholesterol worth the ease and convenience?
In most meat consuming nations, heart disease is on a catastrophic rise. The amount of flesh-based diseases and illness is on a fast track to doom as we over consume in an attempt to reach our suggested protein goal for optimal muscle, skin, hair and nail health. So, what exactly is heart disease and why should we be on red alert?
"Coronary artery disease, or CAD, is a build-up of fat and cholesterol in the arteries that supply blood to your heart. These deposits, which are called plaques, grow slowly over decades and can sometimes become hardened with fibrous tissue and calcium. As the plaques grow, in a disease process called atherosclerosis, portions of the artery become clogged and narrowed. If an artery is severely obstructed, it reduces blood flow to the heart and can cause chest pain or even a heart attack." Read the full article here.
CAD is a serious epidemic quickly sweeping over anywhere flesh-based protein is overly commercialized, especially in the United States. Read the following list to find alternative protein sources that won't put you at risk for heart disease.