How much protein do you really need ?
Protein Recommendation for Male Vegan : 56-70 grams
[based on 0.8-1 gram of protein per kilogram body weight for 70 kilogram (154 pound) male]
Protein Recommendation for Female Vegan : 46-58 grams
[based on 0.8-1 gram of protein per kilogram body weight for 57.5 kilogram (126 pound) female]
Some People are obsessed with protein. Vegans are bombarded with questions about where they get their protein. Athletes used to eat thick steaks before competition because they thought it would improve their performance. Protein supplements are sold at health food stores. This concern about protein is misplaced. Although protein is certainly an essential nutrient which plays many key roles in the way our bodies function, we do not need huge quantities of it. In reality, we need small amounts of protein. Only one calorie out of every ten we take in needs to come from protein. Athletes do not need much more protein than the general public. Protein supplements are expensive, unnecessary, and even harmful for some people.
How much protein do we need? The RDA recommends that we take in 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram that we weigh (or about 0.36 grams of protein per pound that we weigh). Read the rest of this entry »
Calcium is a major mineral essential for healthy bones and teeth. There are several minerals known to be essential to the human body and which must be obtained from food. The major minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, chloride and potassium) are needed in the greatest quantities or are present in large amounts in the body. The three main functions of minerals are as constituents of the skeleton, as soluble salts which help control the composition of the body fluids, and as essential adjuncts to the action of many enzymes and other proteins.
The 1989 US recommendations are generally slightly higher. In 1994 the US recommendations for children aged 1-10 was increased from 800mg to 1,200mg daily and for young adults aged 11-24 years it was increased from 1,200 to 1,500mg. During pregnancy and breast feeding women in the USA are now advised to have 1,400mg calcium daily and American men and women over the age of 50 years are advised to increased their calcium intake towards 1,500mg because the intestinal absorption of calcium declines with age.
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Here are some reasons to go vegan:
# Cows were fed on the ground up remains of other cows & sheep - the result is thought to be BSE (mad cow disease) in the USA cattle are fed partly on recycled plastic pellets
# Cows only give milk for 10 months after they have a calf - so they are routinely artificially inseminated (ie. mechanically raped) to keep them pregnant & milking - their calves are taken away (usually at 12 hours old) for meat or export to veal crates
# Cows would naturally live up to 20 years but are slaughtered after 5-7 years when their milk production begins to fall
# Veal calves are confined in stalls in the dark, unable to move & are fed on pigs blood , chocolate & dried milk (we are drinking the rich fresh milk of their mothers)
# Male dairy calves are killed at a young age for veal. BGH. Bovine Growth Hormone causes grotesque enlargement of the udders so they may drag on the ground where the cows step on them as they walk.
# Cows naturally produce 5 liters of milk per day for their calves - under the intensified systems of modern farming they produce 25-40 liters per day - resulting in swollen & inflamed udders - at this rate they are soon worn out
# Dairy cows and egg hens end up at the slaughterhouse, too.
# Dairy products made with stomachs don’t belong in yours. Cheese is curdled using rennet, aka sheep’s stomach.
# Large areas of land are under monoculture to grow crops to feed to animals - these areas are wildlife deserts supporting fewer & fewer species.
# Osteoporosis due to calcium loss from bones is mainly due to the sulphur content casein protein in milk that cause calcium to be lost in the urine - the countries with the highest dairy consumption are those with the highest levels of brittle bones
# 50% of people do not have the enzyme to digest milk properly & milk allergy is related to asthma & eczema
# Egg yolk is a dense concentration of saturated fat & the white is high in albumin protein associated with leaching calcium into your urine. Butter is 80% saturated fat, cream is 40% saturated fat & cheese is 25-40% saturated fat
# If they continue to clear forests to raise cattle at the present rate, in 50 years there will be none left
# 80% of cultivated land is used to grow food for animals
# Pressure on land due to animal farming leads to soil erosion
# An inch of topsoil takes 200-1000 years to develop
# Land will be lost due to rises in sea level due to global warming due to animal farming
# The destruction of the rainforest by cattle farmers is destroying the lungs of the planet & reducing the worlds capacity to replenish our oxygen supply
# The 1,300,000,000 cattle in the world emit 60,000,000 tons of methane per year (methane is a greenhouse gas & leads to global warming)
# Fertilizer used to grow crops to feed to animals releases nitrous oxide - thought to account for 6% of the greenhouse effect
# Fertilizer, weedkiller & pesticides sprayed on crops enter the atmosphere creating a noxious carcinogenic cocktail
# Ammonia from animal urine also pollutes the atmosphere
# Emissions from large chemical plants which produce fertilizer, weedkiller & other agricultural chemicals are also poisoning our air
# Nitrates & pesticides used on crops grown to feed livestock end up in our rivers
# Between 1950 & 1985 grain production in Europe & the USA increased massively but 2/3 was fed to animals
# 70% of all grain is fed to animals
# Chickens are crammed into battery cages with upto 3 other birds, they are unable to even spread their wings & many can not even stand up
# Unwanted male chicks (because they can’t lay eggs) are gassed or pulped while their sisters go to the battery sheds
# Chicks are debeaked without anaesthetic to prevent them injuring each other in the unnaturally confined conditions they are kept in - this is equivalent to having your fingernails pulled out without anaesthetic
# Modern farming methods using growth hormones & artificial lighting mean that many chickens out grow their bones, resulting in fractured & broken legs
# 95% of poultry suffer injuries before being killed & 30% suffer broken bones
# Vegetarians have 24% reduced risk of getting heart disease & Vegans a 57% reduction (heart disease is the biggest killer in the North America accounting for 50% of deaths)
# Vegans on average live 6 years longer than non-vegans.
# The average vegan total cholesterol level is 128. The lowest level for a heart attack is 150.
# Milk consumption has been linked to colic, ear infections, asthma, and a whole slew of other diseases.
# Milk is known to cause acne breakouts
# Cholesterol can cause impotence
# Vegans don’t consume any cholesterol
# Humans are the only animals that drink milk beyond infancy
# Vegan is easier to spell than vegetarian :)
Ça fait un bail que je n’ai rien ajouté sur le blog, trop occupé, avec un 2e bébé en cours et plein de nouveaux projets, mais je compte m’y donner plus souvent car j’ai eu de très bons résultats! A date j’ai convaincu 3 personnes d’adopter un régime végétalien! Et au moins une dizaine au végétarisme :D Sans compter tout ceux et celles qui ont diminué leur consommation de produits animaliers.
Je compte donc ajouter plusieurs articles aussi dégoûtants qu’inspirants comme d’habitude ainsi plusieurs recettes VG, voir RAW (cru) car souvent on me dit: “mais tu manges quoi?” hehe :)
Rappel: Selon le ministère indien de l’Agriculture, un hectare de terre arable permet en effet de produire 20 tonnes de pommes de terre, contre seulement 50 kg de viande!!!