The British Natural Hygiene Society, or BNHS for short, was of course founded by Dr Keki Sidhwa, now semi-retired, and is the longest-established Hygiene Magazine or Journal in existence.
THE QUESTION OF PROTEIN?
Shelton stated that their is a greater requirement for more protein following a long fast, which is true, but the issue you have raised from your excellent post, is WHAT protein and HOW much?
All foods contain protein but in differing amounts, so some foods can be predominantly protein, whereas others can be predominantly starchy, with lesser amounts of protein.
The protein from which we are made is NOT built from protein.
Yes, you did read that correctly.
Protein is built from the amino acids in food. The only extent to which protein is built from protein food is how well the amino acids in that food are utilized. The idea that you can eat a piece of steer or pig or chicken and that it will become protein in your body
Animal protein is just that: animal protein............NOT human protein.
The body cannot use or assimilate protein in its original state as eaten. The protein must first be digested and split into its component amino acids. The body can then use these amino acids to construct the protein it needs. The ultimate value of a foods protein then, lies in its amino acid composition.
All nutritive material is formed in the plant kingdom; animals have the power to appropriate but never to form or create proteins source........the eight essential amino acids.
Plants can synthesize amino acids from air, earth, and water, but animals, including humans, are dependent on plant protein----either directly, by eating the plant, or indirectly, by eating an animal that has eaten the plant.
There are no "essential" amino acids in flesh that the animal did not derive from plants, and that humans cannot also derive from plants. That is why all the animals of strength have all the protein they need. They build it from the abundance of amino acids that they consume eating plant life. This is also why, except in emergencies, carnivorous animals generally do not eat other carnivorous animals. They instinctively eat animals that have eaten plant life.
There are 23 different amino acids. ALL are essential, or they wouldn't exist. 15 of these can be produced by the body and eight MUST be derived from the foods we eat. Only these 8 are called "essential".
If you eat ANY fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, or sprouts on a regular basis, you are receiving all the amino acids necessary for your body to build the protein it needs, just like the other mammals who seem to manage without eating meat.
In fact out of these 8 amino acids that the body must receive from outside sources, there are many fruits and vegetables that contain ALL the amino acids not produced by the body: carrots, bananas, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, kale, okra, peas, potatoes, summer squash, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes. Also ALL nuts, sunflower & sesame seeds, peanuts, and beans contain all 8 as well.
It would also be fair to comment that Nature has provided all of our protein requirements from the bounty of the Earth and in the correct proportion for health and longevity.
A silverback gorilla is 99% vegetarian, but could toss a 200lb man across the street with ease.
I still believe however that some quality organic meat is essential to a human diet, and not because of the B12 issue so touted against vegetarians and vegans, but because of other as yet unknown/unidentified qualities. Even Jesus of Nazareth ate fish..........so what is good for the goose.........