Perfect human diet
The Official Newsletter of Bodyfatguide.com
updated July 6, 2003
Not Getting Enough Protein?
Consider Breast Milk!
| D IETARY protein requirements have been a hotly contested issue throughout the brief history of modern nutritional science. Scientific evidence indicates adults require no more than 10-15% of their daily caloric intake from protein. But, popular diet books like Enter The Zone, Protein Power and Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution persist in keeping the high-protein myth alive, recommending intake levels at 30% and higher.
Ron Brown, author of The Body Fat Guide, takes a completely different approach in determining protein requirements.
|Brown says human milk, with less than one half the protein of cow’s milk, contains the lowest percentage of calories from protein of all mammals. “The amount of protein in each species of mammal milk is matched to the normal growth rate of that species’ offspring,” says Brown. “Human infants grow much slower than calves.”
Commenting on high-protein weight-loss diets, Brown says, "For weight-loss purposes, it's true that if you consume your usual maintenance amount of protein on a diet that is below your normal maintenance caloric intake level, this automatically increases the percentage of calories from
|nicotine and caffeine, temporarily elevates your metabolism and burns more calories.”
But, Brown warns there is a high price to pay when relying on high-protein diets. In addition to contributing to liver and kidney problems, he sites a recent National Institutes of Health report which claims excess protein intake increases calcium excretion, causing osteoporosis.