There’s no debating our bodies need proteins for healthy living. Proteins are needed to provide amino acids used to build cells. Amino acids are actually building blocks in almost all biological processes.
The problem with meat protein is that it brings along a whole slew of issues. This is not even including what some consider environmental or moral debates about how these are raised or farmed.
In the first half of the twentieth century meat, especially red meat, was viewed as playing an important role in a healthy, balanced diet as a natural source of protein and vitamins. However, in the second half of the century our attitudes toward meat shifted with an intensified debate about reducing meat consumption due to the risks of cardiovascular disease and overall mortality.
Additionally, advances in science have shown that your body works hard to get the proteins out of meats. Your stomach has to produce a higher level of hydrochloric acid to break down the bonds linking the amino acids1 and this creates a more acidic environment which is not ideal.
The reason I love to fuel my body with ISAGENIX’s IsaLean® shakes is because they are nutrient rich and contain superior un-denatured whey and milk proteins. (A dairy-free version exists) They are more than a shake, it’s a meal replacement (240 cal.) with its proteins (24 g), energy-fueling carbohydrates (8 g fiber), good fats, and 23 vitamins and minerals per serving.
The un-denatured whey and milk proteins are of the highest quality and not processed in a manner that destroys the enzymes in them. You fuel your body with 2 shakes per day as well as 2 snacks and then enjoy a healthy low-glycemic, 400-600 calorie meal as your third meal. (More calories can be consumed once in weight maintenance). I often enjoy the great flavors of fish, chicken, and lean beef as part of my healthy meal while feeling I have reduced meat protein, yet fueled my body effectively for the day.
1Scientific details: The gastric cells of the stomach secrete inactive pepsinogen enzymes for protein breakdown. Hydrochloric acid in the stomach is then used to activate the pepsinogen into pepsin enzymes. The pepsin is used in digestion to break down the bonds linking the amino acids. This process is known as proteolysis.