In the early 19th century in America, women couldn’t vote, slavery was legal, and blood-letting was a legitimate medical procedure. Around that time, scientists decided protein was the most important nutrient. We changed our thinking about the first three issues, but protein myths are still being perpetuated–and the meat, egg, and dairy industries want to keep the myths alive.
If you read nothing else:
- Protein is essential.
- We get all we need from plants.
- In developed nations, it’s hard to get too little protein.
- Too much protein is bad for our health.
Protein comes from a Greek term meaning of prime importance–talk about high regard! It was first described by Dutch scientist Gerardus Johannes Mulder in the early 19th century. His German contemporary, Justus von Liebig, called it “the stuff of life itself.”
Carl Voit, a 19th century German physicist, was enthusiastic about protein too. Even after discovering that 52g per day is…
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