According to the world Health Organization, we need only four percent or 30 grams per day. For every gram of protein we get from meat or eggs, we get double the amount in fat and cholesterol.

We should not depend on animal protein for our protein requirements. We can get enough protein from a pure vegetarian diet as well; say from green gram, groundnut, potatoes etc.

Nowadays we see in TV and other advertisements that we need extra protein to maintain good health. But, when we play hard and work hard, we need mainly carbohydrates and not proteins.

Our body has no mechanism to store excess protein and it cannot get rid of extra protein easily. The kidneys have to work hard to do so, which leads to kidney stones, inflammation and hypertrophy. Further, when we drink more milk or eat more meat and eggs, our body loses more calcium, regardless of how much calcium we take in.

The result is the inexplicable decrease in bone density and onset of the painful disease called osteoporosis.

According to a study, it has been revealed that a reduction of protein actually results in an increase of physical and mental activity, a capacity to work for long hours without getting tired and reduced susceptibility to diseases. What we require is complex carbohydrates.

The more animal protein one eats. The more vital energy will be spent in digesting it, and less energy available to the body for its other functions. i. e. The more animal proteins we take, our body will actually be depleted of calcium and other nutrients.

Besides, most farm animals and poultry have been bred from genetically engineered stock, to ensure greater yields. Nowadays, elaborate poultry farming techniques are practiced with the help of govt. and non-govt. agencies, where broiler chicks are pumped with artificial and often carcinogenic growth hormones and vaccines. Further, foods are grown from seeds that have their chromosomes reengineered with genes spliced from viruses, bacteria and even animals such as pigs. Potatoes, mustard, tomatoes, cabbage, corn and soya are among the chief crops that are being altered by giant biotechnology firm worldwide like this.

All extra proteins absorbed by our body add to our weight. When our body cannot easily eliminate them, it starts to degenerate. When too much protein enters the blood stream, it gets converted into nitric, sulphuric and phosphoric acids and the body is then forced to use up large amounts of alkaline mineral to neutralize these acids. The results are deficiency of minerals in bones, hair and nails.

Uric acid has also been found to cause damage to liver and kidneys. Over consumption of protein has also been linked to cancer of the breast, live and bladder and to a spiraling increase in the incidence of leukemia and Bright’s disease. All animals get their nutrients from plants and we shall go for plant proteins especially from fresh fruits and spouted grams. Even if we have to cook them, make sure you don’t deep fry or cook them for long periods, so as not to destroy the nutrients completely.