Did you know that there are NO people with a protein deficiency? People talk about protein like they can never get enough but actually there is not a deficiency of protein… there is an excess of protein in our diet.
Consider this… we need a certain amount of protein (20-30 grams per day, 4% – 5% of our calories) and when we eat more than that we have extra. What will our body do with it? Where does it go? If we stored the protein it would go into our muscles and we would all look like body builders. Whoa! That would be great! So… obviously… that must not be what happens.
No, the protein has to be eliminated. As you know protein is made up of amino acids… they are acids and our body has to buffer that acid. It does that by dissolving our bones and that is the beginning of osteoporosis. Too much acid puts a burden on the body.
Osteoporosis is caused by a high protein, high acid diet. What is that, you ask? Well, its animal products… red meat, poultry, fish, isolated soy protein, cheese (cheese is one of the foods highest in acid and protein). These foods cause a tremendous burden on our bodies. Our body has to get rid of that excess protein and therefore the liver and kidneys become overworked and over time they are damaged. (You can see a table at the end of the Third Sessions Study Guides that shows the Acid Load of several foods).
Protein deficiency is not a problem for those of us who are choosing well and eating a healthy diet. The protein problem is with people who eat excess protein because that can seriously damage their bodies. I am glad you are not doing THAT!