Every time I see this image I cringe at the misinformation. #Vegetarian
diets can be a healthy choice, just as #omnivorous
ones can. Both #plant
& animal #proteins
have #health #benefits
The USDA shows a 100cal portion of #broccoli
with 11g protein. However, the type of #beef
used is unknown. Broccoli can have more protein in certain situations, especially if you pick and choose your examples. Comparing broccoli with the highest amount of protein to beef with the lowest is a deceptive way to gey people to stop eating #meat
. The average protein in 100cal beef is 12.7g, while broccoli is 8.9g. But this wouldn't benefit the image publisher's agenda.
Some people incorrectly assume the food pictured has the amount of protein listed. 100cal beef is around 1.3-2.2 oz, which is not very big. 100cal broccoli ranges from 2-3 cups (4-6 portions) depending if raw/cooked/frozen. A 68kg person needs about 55g of protein per day. If you obtain protein solely through veggies, you would have to eat a giant pile to reach your protein needs.
The beef protein quality with respect to human needs is also far better. Animal #protein
has all the AAs we need. Plant protein is either low/lacking in 1+ EAAs. Beef has 37-81% (average 64%) of EAA needs for a 70kg adult, broccoli only 9-28% (average 18%). Beef does a better job satisfying EAA needs. All the protein & AAs you need can derive from plant sources, but comparing quality, beef beats veggies. In a hypothetical situation someone only eats broccoli for their protein needs, they will not meet AA needs, even if the protein meets the required amount.
People promoting plant-based diets should explain protein and AA needs can be met by a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes & grains, not by insinuating that veggies have the AAs to satisfy protein needs. Deception/misinformation should not be part of the strategy.
There are many health benefits from choosing #plant
-based proteins. However, trying to elicit change via deception isn't the answer. We should aim to make people excited about trying healthy, new foods, not resorting to making people feel guilty/shamed for their #dietary