When taking on a juice fast, there is a question that inevitably comes to mind; will I be getting enough protein? Many of us are accustomed to getting our protein from meats, but what a lot of us don’t realize is that most fruits and veggies are good sources of protein. What is ultimately most important is getting enough protein for YOU. This number varies with every person, as different factors like age, sex, and daily physical activity level. What one full-grown, body building man needs in a day is obviously going to vary greatly when compared to a young woman who works at a desk.
It’s common sense.
According to Live Strong, “To get enough protein, it’s necessary to know how much protein is adequate. The Mayo Clinic recommends getting between 10 percent and 35 percent of your calories from protein. Given a 2,000 calorie diet, this means between 200 and 700 calories gleaned from protein, or between 50 g and 175 g of protein in your diet every day.”
So really, identifying how much protein you actually need should be the first step when determining whether or not juice alone will be enough.
If you have determined that a juice fast will not provide enough protein to be sufficient for your life and body, there are several different options to consider.
Firstly, is there a nut or seed you can eat that will provide adequate amounts of protein?
Reboot with Joe (from the ever popular, juice-fast-inspirer Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead) says you can add chia, ground flax, or hemp seeds to your juice as a protein supplement. The great thing about using these as an additive in your juice is that they come with more benefits than just protein. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids, these would be a great choice.
But, they add a flavor to your juice, as well as a texture that many are not fond of.
Fortunately, there are still more options. Everyone has heard of protein powder, and it is becoming popular to add to juices. But, how do you choose between plant based protein powder, or whey protein powder? It is said that our bodies can’t tell the difference between protein sources… Is that true?
A documentary called Food Choices (available on Netflix) highlights just what types of protein is optimal for human consumption. According to the film, there have been multiple studies concluding that animal proteins are excessively bad for us in high amounts, and is even linked to cancer and other diseases.
Apparently, cancer cells (as well as several other diseases and ailments) love animal protein. If you look at the diet of a cancer patient who is “in the know”, and cancer survivors who beat it naturally, what they consume is typically void of animal products altogether, especially beef and dairy.
An article titled “Animal protein and the Cancer Promoter IGF-1” published by Nutrition Facts says, “When we dump a load of protein in our body, our liver’s like, “Whoa, look at all this! What are we going to do with it all? We can’t just waste it, we’ve got to do something with it!” So our liver starts pumping out IGF-1 to tell all the cells in our body “It’s growin’ time! Be fruitful and multiply. Spare no expense, go crazy—look how much excess protein we got to work with!” The problem is that some of the new additions spurred by this growth hormone may be tumors. When you’re a fully-grown adult, cell growth is something we want to slow down, not accelerate. The goal, therefore, would be to maintain adequate, but not excessive, overall protein intake.”
Another article titled “Are We Eating Too Much Protein? A Scientist Makes The Connection Between Protein and Cancer” highlights an invasive study, 50 years in the making, saying,
“In 1968, Campbell detailed a studied that was the first widely accepted study to be published regarding the intake of animal protein and increased cancer risk. Researchers found that the animals in the study who ate a diet made up of 20 percent protein had the strongest tumor growth rate, while animals only fed five percent protein had absolutely no tumor growth whatsoever. Over three weeks, animals were fed the same rates of protein and those who ate a diet of 20 percent experienced massive, fast tumor growth, while those who at only five percent protein still had no tumor growth whatsoever. For the last three weeks of the study, researchers removed protein from the animals’ diet that were eating 20 percent protein and their tumor growths completely stopped.
The unique part about the study was that an increase in plant-based proteins intake showed no increase in tumor growth rate. This is clear evidence that animal protein contributes to cancer and plant-based proteins do not.”
I believe this information isn’t being broadcasted because the Big Meat industry is too powerful, and knowledge of the detriment that animal protein brings us would interfere with their money-making capabilities. Big Pharma also has money at stake by removing meat from the Standard American Diet.
Aside from the potential ailments we may experience from animal protein, it’s just not as readily available to us once it’s inside out bodies. We simply have a harder time absorbing it, so in order to get enough we must consume more.
Plant-based protein seems to be the way to go if you feel you need more protein than just what is in your juice.
There are two different popular types of plant-based protein powders, rice protein and pea protein. They are sometimes mixed together to create a highly absorbable protein powder that is great for us.
Just ensure you aren’t going out buying the cheapest protein powder you can find. Undoubtedly, those types are filled with all kinds of other additives and sugar, which is the opposite of what you’re trying to consume on a juice-fast. It would be absolutely counterproductive to your progress and transition into good health.
Animal Protein and the Cancer Promoter IGF-1 | NutritionFacts.org. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://nutritionfacts.org/2013/02/14/animal-protein-and-igf-1/
Are We Eating Too Much Protein? A Scientist Makes the Connection Between Protein and Cancer | One Green Planet. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/t-colin-campbell-protein-and-cancer/
Protein on a Juice Diet | Protein Powders | Reboot With Joe. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.rebootwithjoe.com/protein-on-a-reboot/
Protein With a Juice Fast | LIVESTRONG.COM. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.livestrong.com/article/535844-protein-with-a-juice-fast/
Food Choices Documentary. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.foodchoicesmovie.com/