Protein

What Is It For

Protein is an essential nutrient for a healthy body. skin, blood cells, nails and immunity. Essential means our bodies cannot make (synthesis this), so an exogenous intake is required, “essential amino acids” are also call “indispensable amino-acids (IAAs)”. Approximately 50% of the bodies dry weight consists of protein. During food digestion proteins are broken down to amino acids, which form enzymes and hormones like serotonin and adrenaline. Animal proteins are “complete”. Plant based proteins need to be stacked to ensure full amino acids are covered.

Meat, is broken down into individual proteins by the gastric juices in the stomach. Pancreatic enzymes used within the small intestine, called the duodenum, breakdown the proteins into different amino acids. The amino acids are absorbed into the intestine walls via villi which resemble small fingers. The amino acids are then transported by blood to the liver.

Guidelines state that circa 0.8 grams per kg of body weight should be consumed per day. We believe up to 2 grams per kilogram for those who work out is fine. There is a concern that too much protein is detrimental to the kidneys; this may be the case for those who have a pre-existing condition, but there is no relationship for kidney issues in those without an existing condition.

Protein Usage

We believe in consuming the majority of protein from whole food sources of mainly meat and fish. If at all possible we recommend protein from the highest quality sources available, from sustainable sources such as farmers markets.  Quality produce is more expensive, however meals are more nutrient dense, it goes further and is more satiating.

We do not subscribe to “fake” meats.  Nature’s version is meat is the best and by definition natural (although “we” as a human population keep trying to adjust perfection.  We need to protect reall food and not replace this with process infused franken equivalents).

How do I Know KetoDoit Is Right for Me?

  • Animal fats have been eaten for millennia.   The Inuit and Maasi are example populations who on traditional diets utilised fattier proteins without adverse affects.
  • Reports that meat protein is dangerous is disingenuous.  “Relative risk” is used when most people naturally understand “absolute risk”.  Even if the studies are to be believed, an 18% increase if consuming 50 grams of processed meats causing bowel cancer appears high, when this really is a 1.18 increase – i.e. not even statistically significant and strictly speaking as the number is less than 2.0, it is not even meant to be reported.  By way of contrast and to highlight the deception, smoking’s association with lung cancer has a 1900% increased risk (compare that to 18% for processed meat).
  • The 18% increase in bowel cancer risk used the weakest forms of measurements via questionnaires, confounders such as smoking and other non-healthy influences were not factored into the study accepted by the WHO, a third of whom were vegetarians.  A recent Oxford university study which backed the WHO position on meat was headed by a lead researcher who is Vegan.

Dont’s!

Protein Myths

Protein Powders

These are not required, as all protein requirements can be obtained from real food.

Added Protein

Bars and other processed foods have as a marketing tool added additional protein to their products.  These products are more expensive than the base product.  With the consumption of real whole foods, these additions are not required.

Protein Pre /Post Workouts

Not required.