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January 24th, 2011, 01:16 PM
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What's the difference?
Pro's, Con's etc..?

Is animal protein needed for survival or can we live healthily off of plant protein?

What about iron?

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The Protein

The essential amino acids (meaning our body cannot make them): There are 20 amino acids but our body can make 10-12. Tyrosine is considered an acid that our body can make because if we consume phenylalanine, it converts to tyrosine. However if you do not consume enough phenylalanine you will be deficient in tyrosine as well.

arginine (required for young but not adults, wheat germ, flour, buchwheat, granola, oatmeal, peanuts, coconut, pecans, cashews, walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pinenuts and seeds: pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, also in chickpeas, soybeans)

luecine (works with isoleucine and valine, plant based: beans, nuts, soy)

lysine (beans, peas and lentils, soy, spirulina, fenugreek seed, brewer’s yeast)

phenylalanine ( converts into tyrosine, another amino acid. Comes from soy, some nuts and seeds)

valine (peanuts, sesame seeds, dry whole lentils)

threonine (grains, mushrooms and leafy vegetables)

isoleucine (nuts, seeds, lentils, peas, soy)

methionine (beans, garlic, lentils, onions, soybeans, seeds)

tryptophan (nuts, seeds, bananas, soybeans/products


The Iron
Iron rich foods:
beans, including kidney, lima, navy, black, pinto, soy beans, and lentils
iron fortified whole grains, including cereals, breads, rice, and pasta
greens, including collard greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach, and turnip greens
tofu
vegetables, including broccoli, swiss chard, asparagus, parsley, watercress, brussel sprouts
blackstrap molasses
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January 24th, 2011, 02:37 PM
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There is no reason to eat meat and iron is definitely not a reason when so many good, vegetarian sources of iron exist, like beans, quinoa, dark leafy greens, etc. Protein is very easy to get and even easier if you eat dairy (cottage cheese, greek yogurt) and eggs (egg whites).
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Dairy is a no-go in our house really. Dh is intolerant, pretty sure the girls are and we don't like eating it for our bodies anyway.

Had an interesting convo yesterday w/ some friends that were insistent that animal protein is NEEDED to be healthy. DH and I just didn't get it, wondered what the board thought. Gonna look up some more info to prove him wrong lol
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We just do yogurt in the house, no milk or anything. If we have cheese, it is raw and preferably local raw goat's milk cheese.
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Goats milk is something I've never tried, I've wondered what it tastes like. I did try almond milk for the first time on Sunday, it was chocolate flavored though so that could be why I liked it
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January 25th, 2011, 10:21 AM
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I have never drinken goat's milk, only eaten the cheese I hate milk, so i do not like fake milks except if they are chocolate
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I have never drinken goat's milk, only eaten the cheese I hate milk, so i do not like fake milks except if they are chocolate
me too!! lol
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Iron rich foods:
beans, including kidney, lima, navy, black, pinto, soy beans, and lentils
iron fortified whole grains, including cereals, breads, rice, and pasta
greens, including collard greens, kale, mustard greens, spinach, and turnip greens
tofu
vegetables, including broccoli, swiss chard, asparagus, parsley, watercress, brussel sprouts
blackstrap molasses
nuts
egg yolks
dried fruits, such as raisins, prunes, dates and apricots
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The Protein

The essential amino acids (meaning our body cannot make them): There are 20 amino acids but our body can make 10-12. Tyrosine is considered an acid that our body can make because if we consume phenylalanine, it converts to tyrosine. However if you do not consume enough phenylalanine you will be deficient in tyrosine as well.

arginine (required for young but not adults, wheat germ, flour, buchwheat, granola, oatmeal, peanuts, coconut, pecans, cashews, walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pinenuts and seeds: pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, also in chickpeas, soybeans)

luecine (works with isoleucine and valine, plant based: beans, nuts, soy)

lysine (beans, peas and lentils, soy, spirulina, fenugreek seed, brewer’s yeast)

phenylalanine ( converts into tyrosine, another amino acid. Comes from soy, some nuts and seeds)

valine (peanuts, sesame seeds, dry whole lentils)

threonine (grains, mushrooms and leafy vegetables)

isoleucine (nuts, seeds, lentils, peas, soy)

methionine (beans, garlic, lentils, onions, soybeans, seeds)

tryptophan (nuts, seeds, bananas, soybeans/products
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