Protein is the most commonly misunderstood constituent of our diet. The simple answer is that we don’t need as much protein as we probably think we do. Western meat diets often contain far too much protein: this is due to misconceptions and psychological dependence on a high protein diet. Excessive protein is harmful to the body. It deprives the body of calcium and some vitamins, and makes the body sluggish and tire easily.

A protein-rich diet can be harmful: urea, ammonia, and other nitrogen wastes are created when excess protein is metabolised, and these toxins are not good for the body. Protein is not an economical choice for providing calories to the body. It is the most expensive product, especially protein of animal origin. Most of our land could be used to grow healthy crops rather than for raising livestock to provide meat for most populations.

Nuts like cashews and almonds have a significant role in our diet as they are an abundant source of essential minerals like manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. These nuts also contain high levels of antioxidants. Consumption of nuts such as walnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts and many more is important because they provide a substantial amount of protein as well as vitamins like B1, B6 and vitamin E. And eating handful of these nuts a day may help to prevent diseases related to deficiencies of these vital nutrients.

 

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