Eating in the Black FAQs


How do you get protein?

This is one of the most misunderstood concepts about protein. Protein is a "macronutrient."  It is one of three macronutrients that make up the bulk of all foods. The other macronutrients are carbohydrates and fat. This means protein is in just about every kind of food on the planet and makes up part of the bulk of plant based foods as well.

If we examine 500 calories of tomatoes, spinach, lima beans and potatoes in equal parts, we would find 33 grams of protein and no cholesterol, which is only contained in animal based foods. The following compares the nutrients in this serving to 500 calories of beef, pork, chicken and whole milk in equal parts: Protein (33g, 34g), Fat( 4g, 36g), Cholesterol (0mg, 137mg), Beta-carotene (29,919mcg, 17mcg), Dietary Fiber (32g, 0g), Vitamin C(29 mcg, 4mcg), Folate(1,168mcg, 19mcg), Vitamin E(11mg, 0.5mg), Iron(20mg, 2mg), Magnesium (548mg, 51mg), and Calcium(545mg, 252mg).

I Declare Plant Based Protein the Winner, Champ and Best Choice!!!

Source:  https://poweredbyplantz.com/the-protein-question/

What do you do about eggs?

I get this question a lot and I always have to chuckle a bit.  Then I let out a big sigh and answer the question with the question, "From what plant do you pluck an egg?"  The reaction is always priceless.   The questioner then chuckles and responds "Oooooh, Ok."  This applies to cheese, butter, and animal based milks too.  As an aside, the next time you dine out, tell the waiter that you do not consume animal protein and then order a salad.  There is a high probabillity that it will be served with cheese sprinkled on it.  I always have to send it back, explaining to the waiter that the cheese sprinkled on the salad is animal protein. They apologize and bring me a fresh one without the cheese.  It is going to take some time for restaurants to clarify the use of anitein in their menu dishes.

Let's compare the nutrients in one cup of pea protein milk (plant based) vs. one cup of whole milk (animal based): Calories (100, 149), Fat (4.5g, 8g ), Protein (8g, 8g), Calcium (450mg, 276mg), Vitamin D(120IU, 124IU)

I Declare Pea-Protein Milk the Winner and Champ!!!

Source:  https://www.thebump.com/a/milk-alternatives-for-toddlers

Are you hungry?

I am always shocked and amazed when I am asked this question.  Plant based foods provide more bulk on your plate than animal based foods for equal servings of calories.  To get the same amount of bulk on your plate from animal based foods as plant based foods provide, you may have to pile your plate twice as high and that means consuming many more calories to get the same sensation of fullness.  However, animal based foods can make you feel sluggish and lethargic, which most people mistake for a sensation for fullness.  I contend that if a meal makes you feel sluggish, lethargic and puts you to sleep after consumption, then you are eating the wrong foods. Food is supposed to be the fuel that gives you energy not put you in a coma.

Consume plant based foods for the fuel you need for an active and healthy life!      

How expensive is a whole food, plant-based diet?

What is more expensive a bunch of broccoli or a prescription for Amaryl, a diabetes medicine? I recently saw an analysis comparing the cost to prepare a whole food, plant based split pea soup recipe to a ham and split pea recipe. The link below will take you to the comparison. The plant based version cost $4.34 and the animal based version cost $12.78 to make, almost 3 times the cost of the plant based version. Both recipes serve eight people. Subtracting the animal protein from any dish will always save you money. You can add in more plant based foods to increase the fiber and nutrient content, and eliminate the adverse impacts of animal protein.

Conclusion: You can save money by adopting a plant based diet, and improve your health and the health of your loved ones at the same time, with all of you becoming rich in health.

Source:  https://ucdintegrativemedicine.com/2015/03/cheap-or-expensive-the-real-truth-about-plant-based-diets/#gs.nsbdMfre