Did you know the act of eating protein doesn’t build muscle? Simply eating protein will not build or grow muscles. However, it will provide the nourishment muscles need to strengthen and grow as a result of exercise. Muscles are toned and improved by exercise if the protein nutrients are present in the body.  Eating a full plate of chicken every day will not automatically cause muscles to grow on their own.

TYPES OF PROTEINS

As we already know, proteins come in various shapes and sizes. Proteins are further divided into two main categories based on the molecular content of their structure: simple proteins and conjugated proteins. 

The structure of simple proteins contains only amino acids, while conjugated proteins contain additional non-protein molecules in their structure. 

Some of the simple proteins include serum albumin from blood, lactal-bumin from milk, oval-bumin from egg, myosin from muscle, collagen from connective tissue, and keratin from hair. 

Examples of conjugated proteins include nucleic acid from chromosomes, glycol-proteins from blood, lipoproteins from cell membranes, chromo-proteins from blood, metallo-protein from blood, and phosphor-protein from casein (milk protein). 

This list may prove to be useful when trying to decipher the ingredient listing on protein and amino acid supplements. If you see hydrolyzed casein for example stated on the label, you now know it is milk protein.

Food Sources of Complete and Incomplete Proteins

Complete Proteins 

Protein is commonly thought to be primarily derived from animal products, but it can also be attained from soy, legumes, grains, and nuts. Even some fruits and vegetables contain small amounts of protein. Complete proteins contain all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of humans.  As you may remember essential amino acids include: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine.

Animal products, contain all nine of the essential amino acids. Meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy are all considered complete proteins. Quinoa, a plant-based seed that is often called a grain, is also a complete protein. Other plant based complete proteins include soy products, like tofu, tempeh, edamame and soy milk.

Is Genetically Modified safe?

There is some concern today about genetically modified (GM) soy grown in the U.S. In 2014, 94% of soy crops were determined to be GMO by USDA (US Department of Agriculture) data.

Popular markets such as Whole Foods, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s and others sell organic soy products. Organic products by legal definition are not allowed to contain GMO.

If you are unsure about whether eating GMO’s are safe or not consider these findings:

  1. Genes inserted into GM soy can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us.  Toxic insecticides produced by GM corn have been found in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses.
  2. The American Public Health Association and American Nurses Association are among many medical groups that condemn the use of GM bovine growth hormone. The milk from treated cows has more of the hormone IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor -1), which is linked to cancer.
  3. GMOs cross pollinate and their seeds can travel. It is impossible to fully clean up our contaminated gene pool. The potential impact is huge, threatening the health of future generations. GMO contamination has also caused economic losses for organic and non-GMO farmers who often struggle to keep their crops pure. GMOs increase herbicide use.
  4. Most GM crops are engineered to be “herbicide tolerant”. Monsanto, for example, sells Roundup Ready crops, designed to survive applications of their Roundup herbicide. Between 1996 and 2008, US farmers sprayed an extra 383 million pounds of herbicide on GMOs. Overuse of Roundup results in “superweeds,” resistant to the herbicide. This is causing farmers to use even more toxic herbicides every year. Not only does this create environmental harm, GM foods contain higher residues of toxic herbicides. Roundup, for example, is linked with sterility, hormone disruption, birth defects, and cancer. 
  5. Genetic engineering creates dangerous side effects. By mixing genes from totally unrelated species, genetic engineering unleashes a host of unpredictable side effects. Moreover, irrespective of the type of genes that are inserted, the very process of creating a GM plant can result in massive collateral damage that produces new toxins, allergens, carcinogens, and nutritional deficiencies. 
  6. GMOs harm the environment. GM crops and their associated herbicides can harm birds, insects, amphibians, marine ecosystems, and soil organisms. They reduce bio-diversity, pollute water resources, and are unsustainable. For example, GM crops are eliminating habitat for monarch butterflies, whose populations are down 50% in the US. Roundup herbicide has been shown to cause birth defects in amphibians, embryonic deaths, endocrine disruptions, and organ damage in animals even at very low doses. GM canola has been found growing wild in North Dakota and California, threatening to pass on its herbicide tolerant genes on to weeds.
So who do you believe? Farmers, consumers, doctors, scientists, or chemical manufacturers? 

Self-promoting commercial inserted here: This is exactly the reason MHAWA exists. We want you to understand how your body functions, so when you are confronted with confusing information, you will be equipped through the brain boosted reasoning power of your healthy brain to recognize what sounds reasonable and true. 

With that said, consider this and ask your self a question. Now that you have completed the Body Basics series, does it make sense to you that introducing a foreign chemical inside the human body will have no effect?  Knowing what you do now about the immune system, if the pesticide chemical has been shown to be a carcinogen, does it make logical and reasonable sense that it will suddenly be transformed into an inert safe substance just because it has been inserted into a seed or plant? Or will the chemical instead cause an immune system reaction and produce antibodies or other reaction within the body?

 

(Incomplete protein will be discussed in Part 3)