EP283: Plant vs. Animal Protein and The Truth About Daily Requirements with Dr. Ballerstedt

According to recent research, nearly 40% of older Americans are not getting enough protein. 

Current protein recommendations also represent a minimum rather than an ideal protein intake and the highest quality sources of protein (animal products) are often demonized.

As a result, many of us are under-eating protein which can cause a number of deleterious symptoms such as cravings, overeating, weight gain and a loss of muscle mass.

Tune in to this week’s podcast with protein expert, Dr. Peter Ballerstedt, to learn all about the often-ignored nuance in the protein conversation and how you can leverage protein’s superpowers to optimize your health and feel your best.

Here are some of my favorite takeaways…

  • Why the “meat is harmful” message is dangerous
  • The problems with our current protein recommendations
  • How much protein you really need
  • Crude protein vs. true protein (and why it matters for your health!)
  • The health benefits of plant vs. animal proteins
  • Symptoms of protein deficiency
  • How to identify a high quality protein
  • The link between amino acid deficiency and back pain
  • Why tracking protein in percentage of calories is a bad idea
  • Why processed food products contain less protein than the label says
  • The surprising world’s #1 source of protein
  • What taking your daily MEDS means to Dr. Ballerstedt

Increasing the amount of protein in my diet has been a game changer for me and many of my clients so please listen in and share this information with anyone you think may benefit.


Valuable Resources:

Peter Ballerstedt - Grass Based Health Blog
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Peter Ballerstedt (aka Don Pedro, the Sodfather of the Ruminati) earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Georgia and his doctorate at the University of Kentucky. He was the forage extension specialist at Oregon State University from 1986 to 1992. He currently works in the forage seed industry. 

Peter’s personal experience has led him to re-examine human diet and health. What he has learned doesn’t agree with the advice given for the past several decades. Peter is an advocate for ruminant animal agriculture and the essential role of animal source foods in the human diet. He strives to build bridges between producers, consumers, and researchers across a wide variety of scientific disciplines – increasing awareness of metabolic health and ruminant animal agriculture’s essential role in social, economic and ecological sustainability. Peter has spoken at many different events in the US and internationally. Many of his presentations are available on YouTube. Peter and Nancy live in western Oregon with their two dogs, Conor and Noni (and their new puppy Iris!).


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