Protein Shakes—No one needs them!

Not Teens! Not President Clinton! No One!

So why do so many people take them? Teens Turn to Protein Shakes to Pump Up – ABC News. That was the title of a recent article that caught my attention (See link below). So I decided to write one more blog about protein—and this may be my last one.

Another "interesting" vegan of the NFL---Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons, veteran of ten pro-bowls.

A powerful vegan of the NFL—Tony Gonzalez of the Atlanta Falcons, veteran of ten pro-bowls.

In almost 700 consecutive daily blogs, I have probably mentioned the “protein myth” in at least 100 of them and I even set up a permanent page on this site (Protein) to provide ready access to our most misunderstood nutrient. As I have stated countless times, even most of our best educated scientists and physicians truly believe that we “need” to eat animal protein—even though a former president of the United States has decided to eat none. From the recent article that caught my eye:

Teens may be chugging protein shakes and taking other muscle-enhancing supplements more often than previously thought, researchers said…The study population consisted of 2,793 students with a mean age of 14.4 and almost equally divided among females (53.2%) and males (46.8%). Nearly 30% of the participants were black and about 20% were white or Asian.

Among boys, the authors found that more than two-thirds reported changing their eating to increase their muscle size or tone, and 90% exercised more to increase their muscle mass or tone. In terms of the prevalence of “unhealthy” behaviors:

  • 34.7% reported using protein powders or shakes
  • 5.9% reported using steroids
  • 10.5% reported using some other muscle-enhancing substance
The Williams sisters---veggie eating champions

The Williams sisters—veggie eating champions

Even though some of our most successful athletes in football, tennis, boxing and golf eat zero animal protein, that message is not getting to our youth.

Sadly, they’re headed down the path of body destruction in more ways than one—and their family physician is of almost no value when it comes to helping them choose the path to vibrant health. Maybe you can share this blog with any teenagers who you think might be receptive to this message.

Unlike animal protein, everyone who drives a vehicle not only “needs” but is required to have auto insurance. And my friends at ShopCarInsurance can help you find the best deal.

Listed below the source article are a half-dozen of my previous blogs on protein. Today is my 672nd consecutive blog and just this past week, I decided what I was going to give myself for Christmas. I have decided that my consecutive daily blogging streak will come to an end on my second anniversary of launching this site, February 9, 2013—with my 730th consecutive daily blog. So the countdown begins today—only 58 more until the streak ends.

672But don’t worry; all of my previous work will remain here for your convenience and I will continue to post blogs several times a month. But my primary focus will be a full-time effort to help selected corporate clients implement food-focused wellness initiatives aimed at promoting health and slashing the cost of health care.

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About J. Morris Hicks

A former strategic management consultant and senior corporate executive with Ralph Lauren in New York, J. Morris Hicks has always focused on the "big picture" when analyzing any issue. In 2002, after becoming curious about our "optimal diet," he began a study of what we eat from a global perspective ---- discovering many startling issues and opportunities along the way. In addition to an MBA and a BS in Industrial Engineering, he holds a certificate in plant-based nutrition from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, where he has also been a member of the board of directors since 2012. Having concluded that our food choices hold the key to the sustainability of our civilization, he has made this his #1 priority---exploring all avenues for influencing humans everywhere to move back to the natural plant-based diet for our species.
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5 Responses to Protein Shakes—No one needs them!

  1. Irene says:

    I agree – and thanks for all your advocacy and hard work!

  2. Jane Timmons says:

    What they BOTH said!!

    As a teacher, sometimes my students see what I’m eating and comment. That’s my opportunity for a non-judgemental, calm explanation (I had to practice) and usually, a discussion follows.
    One mouth at a time…
    Thank you, Jim and family, for your time and devotion.

  3. Jackie Pekar says:

    What she said!

    Thank you!

  4. Joanne Irwin says:

    Plant based protein befuddles people. It’s hard for many to accept the scientific studies evidencing the dangers of animal protein, and the total adequacy of plant based protein. Having meat and eggs on the table has been cemented in mankind’s communal muscle memory. However, the times are changing!
    Notables from all fields – politics, sports, Hollywood – have made the switch to whole, plant based foods.You’ve written about them, and the country is taking notice. Your blogs, Jim, have made a difference. And glad to hear that you’re giving yourself a Christmas gift of suspending daily blog writing to concentrate on the corporate niche. What you’ve done is outstanding, and gift to us all.
    Your site provides an encyclopedia of information on plant based eating. Your six hundred plus topics encompass the what, why, and how of it all. So hats off to you for your passion, commitment and perseverance. And enjoy a beautiful holiday season with your family.
    I’ll take the liberty of speaking for many when I say, “We’re grateful for you and your work.”

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