FAQ – Where do you get your protein?

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This question has several answers.

Protein is in all fruits and vegetables. Below is a chart of the percent of calories of carbohydrates, protein, and fat in some fruits and vegetables. You can see that most vegetables and greens have a high percentage of protein. If you consume enough calories to meet your needs, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough protein.

Percent of calories from: Carbohydrate Protein Fat
Banana 93 4 3
Basil 52 31 17
Cabbage 76 20 4
Celery 74 17 9
Cilantro 53 30 17
Cucumber 69 19 12
Orange 90 6 4
Parsley 57 27 16
Pepper, Green 78 15 7
Pepper, Red 78 13 9
Romaine 65 23 12
Tomato 75 17 8

We have been ‘taught’ through marketing that we need enormous amounts of protein to be healthy. We do need protein but the truth is, is that most Americans consume twice the amount of protein they need daily.
Protein is made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. When we eat protein, our body must digest it to convert it to amino acids. Eating our natural diet (raw foods) the protein comes to us predigested as amino acids. Our bodies can only use amino acids or proteins that have been digested and have not been heated. Amino acids start to be destroyed at 118 degrees Fahrenheit and almost all are destroyed at 160 degrees.

Complete Protein Foods with all 8 essential amino acids
Almonds, bananas, brazil nuts, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, coconut, corn, cucumbers, flax seed, hazel nuts, kale, pecans, pumpkin seeds, squash seed, summer squash, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, and walnuts.



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