Why is it important to discuss protein? It is commonly known that protein is an essential part of any healthy diet. Our bodies use protein to build and repair tissue, such as muscle.
Back when I was in elementary school, I recall learning that steak and other meat products had great levels of protein in it and could help build strong muscles, but never that broccoli should be a go-to for this nutrient building block. So when a little side reading led to the question of steak vs broccoli, it seemed that the answer was obvious. I, like many other people, like the occasional steak. I wanted to believe in that steak pretty badly! So I went with steak and I was so wrong. Fun fact: I actually asked some of my physician friends what they thought and many were wrong as well. Seems that old education dies hard!! BROCCOLI WINS! :)
Here is a simple comparison between broccoli and steak. In the whole scheme of things, green vegetables are actually a better source of pretty much EVERYTHING when comparing meat and vegetables:
- Roughly 6.5 grams of protein per 100 calories
- Most calories are from fat
- Little to no fiber, Vitamin C, E, folate, phytochemicals to prevent disease
- 11.1 grams of protein per 100 calories (almost 2x as much protein!!)
- Most calories from protein
- Broccoli is one of the most nutrient dense green vegetables in term on phytochemicals, vitamins and essential nutrients that prevent disease and promote health.
Easy comparison. SO, eat plenty vegetables and save your steak for special occasions. Meat obviously does not need to be a staple food in anyone's diet, because it is easy to load up on protein (as well as disease-fighting and health-building essential nutrients) through green vegetables alone.
The problem is that many people are not a fan of plain vegetables, and the raw form is where the greatest number of nutrients are packed. Luckily though, boiled or steamed vegetables retain much of the nutrients as well. Many people use vegetables in healthy recipes instead of eating them plain and raw.
Does anyone have any great salad or entree recipes incorporating vegetables that they enjoy?
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