A telling in my mailbox captured my attention. Apparently, a conversation had started online on whether vegans are more evolved than other men and women.
While I seldom take part in this sort of discussion, I decided to throw in my two cents’ worth. My response based on protein.
First, allow me to say that I totally understand the worldwide need to move away from animal protein. I know the need for planetary sustainability. I get the cruelty issue.
I am absolutely not trying to recommend eating meat or other animal products.
But I am Big on Protein
In my experience, vegans occasionally underestimate the demand for protein, maybe because they link this need with what I call”body ”
As the reasoning goes, if I am not a body-builder and do not plan to construct enormous muscle mass, my requirement for protein has to be low. That further means I don’t have any need for traditional types of protein: fish, chicken, beef (grass-fed or otherwise), fish, poultry, and such.
This rejection of standard foods – and the supposed low demand for protein – operate in and with the vegan lifestyle.
In my online response, I pointed out that vegans often use nuts, beans, quinoa and other similar foods as protein. But those foods aren’t protein. They are beneficial and healthful, but not protein.
Quinoa is carbohydrate, also. All these foods have a small protein in them, but”small” is the operative word.
Further, the significance of protein isn’t restricted to body protein.
Protein provides the amino acids that the brain uses to create key neurochemicals that influence our minds and our ability to concentrate and work productively.
Protein affects our moods and will help alleviate mood problems, such as anxiety, mood swings, depression, dysthymia, and much more.
Protein also helps to control appetite and eating behaviours, including food cravings.
It seems fairly important to me.
Taking that a step farther, women’s requirement for protein has been found by researchers to be underestimated.
To cite only one instance of the female mind has a greater serotonin turnover rate than the male brain and should keep making more serotonin. Serotonin is made of tryptophan – an amino acid that comes from protein. So girls do need protein, and nuts will not necessarily provide sufficient.
From the perspective of international consciousness and concern for animal welfare, we could conclude that they are.
From the point of view of not understanding the value of nourishment, except with regard to muscle building protein, we might conclude they’re not.
If we add in the fact that vegetarian’protein options’ are often not protein, we might conclude that it is not particularly evolved to not know what is in the foods we consume. Eating fats or eating carbohydrates and then telling ourselves they are protein does not seem highly evolved to me.
No animals harmed, but real protein consumed. And make certain to get plenty.
Maybe that is a more evolved option.