It’s very important to realise that when we eat a food, we ingest all of its components, not just a specific nutrient that food may contain.
For example: milk has a high calcium content, but when we drink it, we are also getting the saturated fat, trans fats, cholesterol, endotoxins and naturally occurring growth hormones that come with it, and if it’s not organic milk, added hormones and antibiotics too. All of which are harmful to health.
Green vegetables like kale or spinach, as well as having a high calcium content, they also provide fibre and phytonutrients, which are necessary for a good health maintenance.
It’s not necessary to eat two pounds of spinach a day to obtain an adequate calcium intake. If we include in your daily diet green vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts, our calcium needs will be guaranteed.
If we can to choose a source of calcium that comes with health promoting components, why choose a source of calcium that includes health damaging components?
Another example are proteins. Animal foods like red meat are rich in proteins and iron, but like cow’s milk, they also have saturated fat, trans fats, cholesterol, growth hormones, endotoxins and if it’s not organic, added antibiotics and hormones. All of which are harmful to health.
Legumes on the contrary, as well as having a high content of proteins and iron, they also provide calcium, fibre and phytonutrients, all of which are necessary and health promoting.
If we add a Vitamin C rich vegetable like tomatoes, peppers, brussel sprouts or broccoli, we’ll increase the iron absorption capacity.
It’s not necessary to combine vegetable proteins to obtain a complete protein. All proteins from all vegetables that we eat contain all the essential amino acids that we need.
In fact, the only organisms able to create proteins are plants. Animals only have the capability to recycle the proteins we intake from vegetables.
If we can to choose a source of proteins and iron that comes with health promoting components, why choose a source of proteins and iron that includes health damaging components?
It’s not necessary to tax our bodies with harmful substances to meet our daily nutritional needs, as there are completely healthy alternatives that provide all the nutrients in the quantities needed.
Therefore a plant based diet can offer the best of both worlds, as all its components are health promoting.