Eating protein seems to be the new health thing. But just how healthy is it to consume lots of protein? There is a naive belief that eating lots of protein will improve health and especially increase muscle development. Bodybuilders, long distance cyclists and fitness conscious people are embracing high protein diets to improve endurance muscle tone and muscle bulk.
And even mums and dads are buying high protein for their kids in the mistaken belief that more is better.Little do they realise that their efforts to increase muscle tone and general fitness can be counterproductive.
The scientific evidence is clear:
You can eat too much protein and that overconsumption of protein is just as bad for your health as insufficient consumption of protein.
The fact is that most people in Western society are eating perhaps twice the protein they actually need. The ironic thing is that excess protein is not utilised by the body , but is converted into fat, so increased weight gain is the first risk associated with overconsumption of protein.
“Increased weight gain is associated with overconsumption of protein”
Worse still is the fact that when artificial proteins are used in foods, it is possible to ingest huge levels of protein in relatively small meal portions. The protein shake based around whey, pea,rice or soy powder is case in point.
Ironically this ‘health’ market is driven by the health conscious. In their minds protein is the good friend and carbohydrates come from the dark side. This demonisation of certain food types has been a disaster. The first casualty in this war of rhetoric has been truth.
Overconsumption of protein without increased fat consumption is majorly damaging to your health.
There two kinds of damage that can be done to your health. The first is overconsumption of protein. And this damage is amplified on a low fat diet.
The second kind of damage is that brought about by the ingestion of manufactured proteins. Isolated proteins from whey, pea, rice and soy are considered by many health experts as a health disaster.
Eating way too much protein can result in terrible health consequences. Since excess protein is processed by the kidneys, too much protein can place a tremendous strain upon the kidneys and make you vulnerable to kidney disease.
This is especially true if the protein is not accompanied with sufficient amounts of fat.
Every time a person eats protein a message is sent to the liver to release Vitamin A. Now fat is the transport system for Vitamin A. A lack of fat in the food means that the liver releases Vitamin A and yet the body paradoxically does not receive the benefit as there is no transport system to take the Vitamin A where it needs to go.
This cycle results in a depletion of Vitamin A in the liver and in the body generally. SInce Vitamin A is the ring master of the whole circus of bodily functions, depleted Vitamin A will have widespread effect upon a huge range of bodily functions such as eyesight problems and blindness, immune system and bone development, high infant mortality, stunting of growth, and susceptibility to infection.
Vitamin A is also responsible for correct functioning of the learning and memory function of the brain. So Vitamin A depletion is a serious issue….and excess protein can readily cause this deficiency.
“Eating protein on a low fat diet is a road to disaster”
In 1907, a researcher McCollum in 1907 discovered that rats fed pure protein, failed to thrive and their growth was stunted. When he added fat from butter or egg yolk to their diets, their health was completely restored.
So eating protein with insufficient saturated fat, results in a failure to thrive syndrome…the exact opposite of what the health conscious person is seeking.
Moreover, the richest sources of Vitamin A are the very foods that modern so called health diets have shunned – such as butter, eggs and organ meats such as liver. Manufactured vitamin A is far less biologically active than natural vitamin A and does not provide a good substitute for food itself.
So what about protein powders?
Protein powders are manufactured from waste products. They are isolated proteins and lack the whole range of fats, sugars, carbohydrates and other nutrients which are needed for absorption and correct bodily nutrition.
The denatured properties of isolated protein means that the body is unable to interpret the protein. The huge risk is that the body will mount an immune response against the isolated protein as it does not recognise it as food.
The other issue with artificial proteins is that without the associated vitamins fats and minerals which accompany protein found in real food, is that the body strips those minerals from bones organs and other parts of the body. The whole mechanism becomes self destructive.
For more about the dangers of protein powders see http://bethelfarmmill.com.au/the-protein-pancake-beware-not-all-proteins-are-equal/
The protein powder industry is incredibly powerful and dominates the so called health sector and bodybuilding /fitness markets. With so much money to be made from protein powders getting good reliable information is difficult. Health stores would be very reluctant to relinquish income from this source so retailers have a vested interest in maintaining the “more protein the better myth”.
“tragically, manufacturers are adding protein powders to a whole range of packaged foods”
Tragically, manufacturers are adding protein powders to a whole range of foods such as snack bars, soups, bread mixes and a huge range of other processed foods. The use of protein powders has become endemic. And in our view… to be avoided at all costs.
So why do Bethel Farm Mill make a gluten free protein pancake mix?
Our product is an entirely natural product We use no isolated protein powders whatsoever. All the protein content is natural protein. The principal ingredient is the protein from the fava bean which has 32% protein. You cannot overdose on protein from our mix.
The protein pancake mix also has a good portion of complex carbohydrates from sorghum, coconut and rice. Complex carbohydrates have many health giving attributes and this aspect will be covered in a separate article.
Our pancake recipe specifies butter or olive oil. The presence of fat ensures that the body can digest the protein correctly.
Our pancakes are also very high in fibre which is great for gut health and our digestive system.
If you buy a protein pancake mix based upon numbers alone you will find more impressive protein figures in other brand product. But if you are looking for a well balanced natural food , then our pancake mix may be just what you are looking for!
Our protein pancake mix contains only natural protein and correct proportions of complex carbohydrates and fibre to ensure your overall well being.