A 275-calorie portion of steak (4 ounces) has 30.5 grams of protein and comes very close to meeting all the daily essential amino acid requirements for a 70 kg adult.A 277-calorie portion of broccoli is not only , in order to get anywhere near meeting all essential amino acid requirements.While I do not wish to speculate on exactly which of these tools Dr.Furhman might be lacking, suffice it to say that it would take less than 10 minutes for any blogger interested in the truth of the matter to find a more recent source of information—assuming of course that bloggers who perpetuate this particular fiction are interested in the truth.But then maybe he just hangs out with a different crowd than I do. Other non-ruminant grazers—see elephants, rhinos, and hippos—have a different eating strategy. This particular primate-to-primate comparison has been tossed all around the internet. Gorillas, although not so good at Jeopardy, are big and strong and they’re vegans, so we should all be vegans too, right?Once again, armed with a library card and half a brain, it is not too difficult to figure out—assuming you did about how those animals got so big eating only plants and didn’t just mindlessly parrot Dr. While non-ruminants (like humans) must get their essential amino acids from their diet, ruminants (like giraffes) “may also acquire substantial amounts of these amino acids through the digestion of microbial protein synthesized in the rumen” (see: Amino Acids in Animal Nutrition, edited by J. They “eat for volume and low extraction.” In other words, the relatively low availability of protein in the food is overcome by the high volume consumed. Less than half of what is consumed by the high-volume grazers is utilized by the body; the rest—like a handsome stranger—is just passin’ through (see: Nutritional Ecology of the Ruminant, by Peter J. Aside from the fact that we don’t really know exactly what gorillas are eating much of the time, it does seem that they eat a lot of bugs along with their plants.
There is only a difference of a couple of grams of protein between broccoli and steak.And, again, a high volume of food is consumed to compensate for the low nutritional value of it.You won’t have to worry about half your food going down the toilet, though.Yes, I would agree, those numbers are a lot closer than you might expect, and this might actually be nutritionally important, if—Big If—all protein were created equal. While I am a big fan of coming at nutrition from an individualized perspective, and I am aware that nutrition scientists don’t have any monopoly on truth, we have managed to nail down a few essential things that human must acquire from the food that they eat.
In terms of essentiality, after calories and fluid comes protein—or more specifically, essential amino acids (there are more essentials, but they are not the topic of this particular rant).
Of all the asinine things that I read about nutrition—and let me tell you, I read a lot of them—this one has got to be the asininniest: Broccoli has more protein than steak.