There is a lot of controversy out there as to how much protein we really need a day. The U.S. Government says we should get .8 g of protein for every 2 pounds of body weight. So the USDA says the avg. man should be getting about 56 g of protein a day and the avg. woman should be getting about 45 g of protein a day. However, this is based on the assumption that we are all fit and trim. Let’s look at a woman who weighs 175 lbs. Divide that by 2 and then multiply that by .8 = 70 g of protein. If you are a man and you weigh 250 lbs. divided by 2 and them multiply that by .8 = 100 g of protein a day according to the USDA guide lines. The World Health Organization (WHO) takes a more realistic view and says we should eat 37 to 40 g of protein per day.
So, how much protein do we really need? According to doctors Franklin House and Stuart Seale, from the book “The 30-Day diabetes Miracle,” we only really need about 26 g a day of good-quality protein. That is about 5% to 6% based on a 2100 calorie diet. Watch this short video by Dr. Michael Klaper. Dr. Klaper is a vegan and says we get more than we need in the vegies we eat. Check it out!
If you listen to the non-vegetarian’s out there they will try to tell you that you need way more protein than what you really need. Watch what a vegan bodybuilder, Joshua Knox has to say.
What does your body do with excess protein? Well, your kidneys have to process it and get rid of it. That means an increase of uric acid in the body, which means possible gout flair ups and kidney stones. It also means that because of your diabetes you could end up on dialysis because of kidney failure. But don’t take my word for it research it for yourself. Here is Dr. John McDougall talking about the food we were born to eat.
I am convinced that a plant based diet is the diet we as diabetics should be on. Keep researching on your own. I will continue to throw out resources that can help you and me along this journey to reverse diabetes. I know it is not easy to do but as Josh said, a week turned into a year and a half.
Here’s to your health.
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