I have been bombarded with conflicting information regarding sufficient protein intake. Now, the recommended daily intake for a person of my gender and age is about 45 grams of protein a day.
People from this website have told me not to trust this pre-determined recommendation, saying that plant-protein and animal-protein differ greatly, that I’ll be able to achieve all the protein essential to my health just by eating lots of green vegetables and fruits. Can any one explain this more thoroughly to me? What is the actual difference between the way my body metabolizes plant-protein versus animal-protein, and in turn, how much protein do I actually need if I can’t trust the recommendations based on animal-protein?
Also, recently, I was in a nutrition shop, the man who worked there talked with me for a good while, asking me about my diet and physical symptoms; I informed him that I was a raw vegan and told him of my physical hindrances. He suggested different natural supplements I could take, how they would improve my health, why I’m experiencing these physical symptoms, et cetera. THEN, he said something along the lines of: “It doesn’t matter how you get it. It certainly doesn’t have to be from meat. So, with your vegan diet, and based on your body’s needs, I would recommend that you get at least 100 Grams of Protein a day. I don’t care how you go about getting it. But it’s absolutely crucial for you to make sure you are getting this protein.” 100 Grams a day! And this guy was no chump. He knew what he was talking about. Every health/nutrition based inquiry I had, he explained comprehensively in detail.
So, what is the take on this? I’m aware that a lot of the people on this website really don’t believe that protein consumption should be emphasized with any true relevance to health. And that may be the case, with meat-eaters… I mean, if plant-protein and animal-proteins are different, then the way the body reacts to these proteins are obviously different, and maybe it’s optimal for us to consume large amounts of plant-protein… A couple indicators of having a protein deficiency are inexplicable cravings for sugar and hair loss… which are two of the things I am experiencing with a worrisome intensity. So, can any one lead me to some thing that can explain plant-proteins? And can any one suggest how I could perhaps go about consuming an adequate amount of 45-100 grams of protein a day (without having to eat an entire tree)? I am really, genuinely concerned about this. I’ve noticed the hair loss since converting to vegetarianism, and for a while I just ignored it, convincing myself that I was being paranoid (especially since my mother now has EXTREMELY thin hair after suffering from the malnutrition of anorexia as a teenager. so, I just assumed that I was concentrating on all the hair I was shedding in fear of accidentally depriving myself of essential nutrients- which, now, I believe I have been, unfortunately, and it’s not just hypochondriacal anxiety). My hair is like coming out in handfuls, every day. And I feel as if my hair has thinned considerably, just by looking at it. I have had abnormally THICK hair since I was a kid, and now… well, it’s not so thick… and I’m not very amused with that fact (even though the frustrations of having thick hair has always annoyed me, I’ve secretly cherished my hair. further more, I’m not very fond of what losing my hair implies for my health, obviously there’s some thing wrong). Okay, so, any thing any one can say or suggest to me, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you : )