Protein is of primary importance. While no one who eats regularly is really deficient in protein, the more you eat protein, the stronger and more energetic you feel. In this essay, I will try to give my view on the best protein.
Beans, peas, and lentils, and other legumes like peanut, are actually really good. They’re vegan, so no one was injured in their production, they’re cheap, and they’re easy to store. The downsides are the gasiness one might get from eating too much of them, and the general boredom from getting all your protein from them.
Seeds are a good source of vegetarian protein, but it’s not wise to eat more than a small amount per day, since they’re loaded with fat and calories too.
Quinoa is a pseudo-grain that is actually a flower seed but cooked and eaten like rice. Quinoa is the best plant protein, containing an optimal balance of all 8 essential amino acids. The problem is it doesn’t taste like anything.
Then you have the mighty chicken egg. This is the optimal protein, the best one for human nutrition. Even vegans sometimes don’t mind compromising their standards and eating an egg or two. They’re that good.
Then you have dairy, like milk, cheese, and yogurt. I find that these aren’t the best proteins in the world for a slew of reasons. For starters, cheese is loaded with salt and fat. Milk has lactose in it, a sugar that causes digestive discomfort and diarrhea. Yogurt is good protein, can be found in low fat versions, and has less sugar in it because the fermenting bacteria have eaten away most of the lactose. But i’ve come to the conclusion that the egg is superior to the dairy product in most respects. There’s no downside to eating eggs, besides animal rights you might say, but there are tremendous downsides to eating milk/cheese/yogurt. Some science indicates cheese has opiate effects and is therefore addictive. Other scientists say that the protein in milk is inflammatory and can lead to autoimmune disease.
The fish is the best animal to eat. I’ve never seen an old fish. The reason why fish never get fat, old, and wrinkly, is because they are constantly swimming, eat a sea vegetable and smaller fish diet, and the fat underneath their skin is fluid, not solid like lard. That makes for a healthy animal and a healthy dinner.
Then you have meat, and it doesn’t matter if it’s chicken, duck, cow, pig, sheep, or goat, or anything else. Meat can be really good or really bad depending on how the animal lived and how strong and healthy it was.
So really, there’s no point in writing this essay, it’s all common information. My suggestion is to always go lower down on the food chain rather than higher up. This is better for everyone, you included. Animals are above birds, birds are above fish, fish are above unfertilized eggs, eggs are above beans and seeds and quinoa and so on. The lower down it is, the less toxic it is. The most toxic animal is the human being, because we are the apex predator.
Human beings in the western world often have a choice about what they’re eating. With a proper education, one can live quite well.