Are You Getting Enough Protein?

I think this should be considered a trick question because unless you are on an extremely calorie restricted diet or are living in a poor, undernourished country than the likely answer is probably "Yes'.  

The average protein requirement is to get at least 42 grams per day.  The average American exceeds this count by far.  What about vegetarian and vegans?  On average, vegetarians and vegans get 70% more protein than they need.  (And yes, plants have protein.)

So what is the nutrient that 97% of American are deficient in?  According to Dr. Michael Greger, MD the nutrient you more than likely are deficient in is "Fiber".  The minimum daily requirement for fiber is a little over 31 grams.   It is extremely important because fiber has been protectively associated with the risk of the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic synrome
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Various cancers
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugars

Sadly, more than half of Americans think that steak is a good source of fiber, however this is far from the truth.  By definition, plants have the only source of fiber. There is no fiber in meat, dairy, eggs and little to no fiber in junk foods.

So how can you make sure you get your recommended daily dose of fiber?

Eat more things like beans, legumes, whole fruits and greens.  Not only do they provide you with fiber they provide you with the phytonutrients that you need to stay healthy.