Food and wellness experts Kathy Freston and Bruce Friedrich have spent years researching the future of protein. They’ve talked to the food pioneers and the nutrition scientists, and now they’ve distilled what they’ve learned into a strength-building plan poised to reshape your body and change your world.
Complete with delicious recipes and a detailed guide to food planning, Clean Protein (on-sale: January 2, 2018; Hachette Books) explains everything you need to know in order to get lean, gain energy, and stay mentally sharp. You’ll finally understand in simple terms why protein is essential, how much you should get, and where to find the best sources of it.
Clean Protein is a powerful solution to excess weight and chronic health issues, and it’s a cultural revolution that will be talked about for decades. A plant-based diet easily provides all the protein the body needs. There is no need for meat, dairy products, or eggs for protein, and you are better off without them. Vegetables, grains, and beans give you plenty of protein, even if you are active and athletic.
What is protein, you ask? Protein is made up of amino acids. Each amino acid molecule is like a bead, and many amino acids together make up the protein chain. There are many different amino acids, and all of the essential ones are found in plants.
How much protein do you need? Don’t fret about protein grams or feel any need to count them. But if you are interested in the numbers, simply divide your body weight in pounds by three. That gives you an approximation of the number of grams of protein your body needs, plus a margin for safety. So, for example, for a person who weighs 120 pounds, 40 grams of protein is more than enough on a daily basis. Some experts believe that the actual amount of protein required is actually much less than this figure. The World Health Organization says that we need 5% of our daily calories to come from protein. The bottom line is to have a healthful mix of vegetables, beans, whole grains, and fruits, and protein takes care of itself.
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