Originally Posted by bdrunner79
Animal protein? I don't believe that eating normal amounts acutally promotes cancer. Humans are actually equipped in the digestive tract to metabolize meat. It's tough to get all of the amino acids from just vegetables and nuts. It's faster to eat small portions of meat. Early humans ate a lot of meat....
You made some valid points. Since the beginning of this year I have started to include some lean meat in my diet. I'm not sure I like the idea but knowing that I am type O has helped.
Type 0 people are suppose to have good digestive systems for digesting meat. (I'll have more to say about "Eat Right For Your Type" in a subsequent thread)
I'm beginning to think that the reason animal protein can be bad is because it may upset a person's pH balance. I think we know that animal protein gets metabolized as acid and it is this acid environment that sets up ideal conditions for cancer.
So when you say, "normal amounts", that's the key but it depends on how each person interprets that and it depends on their overall diet. Is their overall diet acid or alkaline? Most Americans tend to overeat animal protein and avoid healthy vegetables.
About early humans: They ate a lot of meat but getting cancer was the least of their worries.
It's likely that they didn't live long enough to get cancer. And meat was a good (concentrated) source of energy for them.
What do you think? Was it okay for them because they also ate a lot of natural plant foods? At any rate, I don't think eating a lot of animal protein is good for us today (if we hope to live longer) because the more of it we eat, the more we displace natural fruits, leafy greens and other healthy (alkaline) vegetables.
P.S. I don't follow The China Study's plant based diet anymore but I recommended it because I think it provides some balance. I think it has a lot of good information. The downside is that the author doesn't exactly tell how we should go about getting enough protein. He leaves it up to us to figure it out.