Note to Readers – One Green Planet is giving away a copy of FoA’s first vegan cookbook – Dining With Friends! See link in letter below for details.
Viewers of Iron Chef America might easily receive the impression that animal flesh is an essential source of protein—as Chef and commentator Alton Brown puts it: “the protein.”
This is a myth. Proteins are plant-based; we need not run them though animals to acquire them. Food professionals on the Food Network should acknowledge this.
Although plants contain all amino acids our bodies require, Chef Brown twice implied on a recent Good Eats show (Season 09, Episode 05: “Power Trip”) that “complete proteins” involve one from meat and one from soy. Not so.
The American Dietetic Association (ADA) states that “vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the lifecycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes.”
And well-planned does not mean difficult to plan. It does not require either flesh or soybeans. (Grains and vegetables also contain significant amounts of protein.) It does not require protein combining.
We invite Chef Brown and Iron Chef America to consider One Green Planet’s new column “Home for the Free: Protein, Cuisine and a Cause” by vegan cookbook author and Friends of Animals president Priscilla Feral.
If you take me up on this suggestion, and give it your serious consideration, the health of the planet and all its residents can only benefit.
Very truly yours,
Correspondent, Friends of Animals
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