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The Paleo Diet October 2020 Digest – Protein

Protein is an essential part of the human diet; proteins serve countless functions in our body including carrying oxygen in the blood, building muscle, forming antibodies, and regulating chemical reactions. Protein is made up of amino acids. Out of the many amino acids that our bodies need, nine are considered “essential,” meaning we can only procure them from food.

For most of human history, protein was sourced primarily from meat. Animal sources such as beef, poultry, and fish are considered “complete proteins” because they contain all nine of the essential amino acids.

While humans are scientifically suggested to be omnivores, as argued by new science writer Raphael Sirtoli, popular diets today such as the carnivore diet and vegetarian and veganism have encouraged people to digest either too much or too little animal protein.

Therefore, October’s theme was centered around protein. Our chief science officer, Dr. Mark J. Smith, offers a comparison of animal proteins, including eggs, to plant-based proteins. We also expand on the health risks of overconsuming protein, provide tips on how to get enough protein from plant foods, and suggest what foods can replace the protein powerhouse, eggs, if you’re allergic.

At The Paleo Diet®, we recognize the nutritional community has varying opinions when it comes to some sources of protein such as red meat and eggs. We tackle these topics as we do everything, by referencing the science. We also address common myths about protein.

Finally, we have two recipes this month. First, a protein-packed breakfast casserole, so you can start your day off strong. Then a true Paleo dish of wild game chili.

We hope you enjoy!     

– The Paleo Diet Team 

Battle of the Proteins: Comparing Plant and Animal Sources

By Dr. Mark J Smith

We analyze the importance of protein in humans’ diet and compare the amino acid profile of animal and plant-based proteins, as a guideline to the best sources.

October’s Theme: Protein Sources

November at The Paleo Diet: The Importance of Balance

A common misconception about the Paleo Diet is that it can be too strict and that there are too many nutritional ratios to follow.

This, however, is not true. While we want to inform our readers about the importance of macronutrient ratios such as sodium verse potassium, omega-3 versus omega-6 fatty acids, and magnesium versus calcium, following a Paleo Diet naturally balances these for you.

Plus, our “85/15 Rule” suggests you eat Paleo meals 85 percent of the time—you’ll still reap most of its health benefits.

In order to break down this stereotype, November is all about balance. We’ll touch upon more than just your diet though, and discuss many aspects of life, like stress management.

As always, our team appreciates your support of The Paleo Diet. We look forward to and encourage your feedback on our website and Facebook!   


The Paleo Diet Team 

The Paleo Diet Team

The Paleo Diet® team consists of a group of scientists, journalists, experts, and recipe creators who stay at the forefront of nutrition science.

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