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Response to questions from the Animal Protein Newsletter

July 1, 2014 By Billy

Dear Readers,

This newsletter is a response to questions from the Animal Protein Newsletter you received a few weeks ago. This is massive subject and so cramming it all into one newsletter that everyone has the time to read isn’t really possible. I’m glad many of you are asking these questions so I can address some of the in-between details. There were however too many questions to answer in one newsletter, and so I have extracted the 3 most common ones to focus on.

1) There were questions about B12 in relation to eggs and dairy. There are some of you who have an allergy to eggs. The concern was where to get B12 if your diet does not include eggs or animal protein. Dairy is a fair solution. Yogurt, cheese, and milk all have a small amount of B12. Butter only has trace amounts. However, there are some of you that have an allergy to dairy as well. Or you may be totally vegan for personal reasons. Respectable. (I understand if some of you are unhappy I don’t endorse vegan-ism. I understand your own ethical reasoning, but my role is nutrition, and so I will remain within those boundaries. I’m just glad no one showed up on my doorstep to smack me with a cucumber after reading my previous message.) So naturally there were many inquiries about fortified foods with B12 as a possible solution, like nutritional yeast, cereal, bread and soy products. The B12 in all of these foods is lab formulated cyanocobalamin. And remember my emphasis in the previous article that cyanocobalamin B12 is toxic. Mildly so, but definite….and on a long-term basis will have some degree of wear and tear. Bottom line – avoid fortified bread and cereal. If you’re a huge fan of nutritional yeast for the flavor then you can find some brands that do not have added B12. So you’re probably wondering, ‘for B12 what the heck do we do’? There is a middle road solution. Methylcobalamin B12 is available by injection, sub-lingual liquid and patches. It’s hard for me to propose this as a solution since I’m not a fan of ingesting things formulated in a laboratory and do not come from food, but it’s better than nothing. A diet lacking B12 poses risk on neurological health. Not good. Note – if taking any form of Vitamin B supplements, this is not something you need on a daily basis. Exactly how often, I can not say, but I have read articles from well reputed doctors suggesting that once a week is more than adequate. B vitamins are stored in the body for years. Vegans, I hope this helps.

2) There were also some inquiries about fats. I talked about why with animal protein it’s important to most of the time choose the leaner options (Not the case with dairy. Remember whole dairy, only the finest, and less of it). I’m definitely not talking about going on a low-fat diet! Low fat diets are not good for a number of reasons, one of which includes unhealthy weight gain! It’s all a matter of the right fats. Animal lard, not great. Plant-based fats are pretty hard to overdo, if they are the elite – raw oils, like olive oil, raw nuts, seeds, and avocados. We covered this topic on fats a year ago and I’m writing a newsletter to expound more on this very important information! But nutshell version – remember that fats fuel the body the exact same way as carbs. And per calorie, fats satisfy your appetite more than carbs. Example – 100 calories of almonds will satisfy your appetite far more than 100 calories of crackers. So adding more of the healthy fats to your diet will help you cut back on your overall daily calories.

3) There were also questions of concern about getting enough protein. This article is definitely not intended to endorse my own products, but this is exactly what the Infinity Protein Blend and Bars are for. Infinity Protein is a blend of the highest grade plant foods, combined with herbs and enzymes for maximum absorption. And I’m a huge fan of protein smoothies! I typically have a smoothie morning and afternoon. Make it right and this can be a supremely healthy meal that keeps you totally satisfied for hours with relatively few calories. I know for many of you this is a real priority. Blend a pear and/or half banana with a handful of strawberries, a heaping tablespoon of raw almond butter or yogurt, Infinity Protein and purified water. Now you’ve created a well rounded meal. And afterward tell me you don’t feel totally amazing….and satisfied. Also remember there are other plant sources like edemame, tempe, quinoa, broccoli, avocado, nuts, seeds and legumes. As far as how much protein to include in your daily diet is getting into an entirely new subject. The protocol that is generally accepted as standard is .8grams protein per kilogram of body weight. This is for a relatively sedentary person. But who the heck is sedentary? Not you! And so I feel most of the time this should be a minimum. For athletes the most commonly proposed maximum is 1.6grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. But of course there are many more factors other than just your level of physical activity, like body mass, gender, and age, just to name a few. Now for the good news – it’s pretty hard to under-do or overdo protein if you have a variety of the mentioned plant proteins and fewer processed starches. Exactly how many grams of protein to have per day gets a little more attention than it deserves. Trust your instincts and select the plant protein foods that your body naturally craves.

Any more questions? Keep em’ coming, and as always I’ll do my best to provide answers!
Lastly, did you improve upon your diet per my recommendations from the previous newsletter? Notice any difference in how you feel? If you didn’t already integrate some of these principles, will you? Now is the time. The immense benefits to be experienced when using this information will continue pulling you in the right direction – the ‘snow ball effect’ made great.

Yours Truly,
Billy Merritt


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