Sunday, November 25, 2012

Calcium and Protein

Want to keep up on the latest honest nutrition news? Here are Ginny and Jack's latest:

Calcium in Selected Plant Foods

Meeting Protein Needs on a Vegan Diet: The Calorie Connection

Along the lines of the latter, I'd like to paraphrase a point Jack has made many times:

Vegans like to argue about how easy it is to meet minimum protein needs. But if we want to make a difference for the animals, we don't need to know minimum requirements. We have to convince meat-eaters to stop eating animals. 

In this case, it isn't a question of what is the minimum amount of protein with which people can get by. Rather, the point is that people want to eat what they like and what is familiar to them.

For whatever reason, concentrated "meaty" protein is craved by and satisfying to a huge percentage of the population. It is worse than irrelevant to tell a meat-eater that broccoli has a high-enough percentage of calories from protein to meet their nutritional needs.

If we want to help animals, we can't simply state the facts as we see them. We can't simply praise veganism in all areas. We can't expect meat-eaters to go right from where they are to where we want them to be. We can't denigrate certain vegan foods as "transition" or "special occasion" foods.

If we want to help animals, we have to give people what they want