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You Ask, I Answer: Lack of Red Meat & Thyroid Problems?

Posted Dec 16 2009 10:00pm

benefits-of-red-meat-295x300What is your take on doctors who tell women their thyroid issues are due to not getting protein from red meat?

I have  heard some doctors say you can not get protein from beans, nuts and seeds?

– Dennise O’Grady
Via Facebook

Yikes! Are some doctors really saying that?  I am absolutely mortified.

I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised since the majority of doctors in this country don’t get a single MINUTE of nutrition education in medical school!

In any case, any doctor that doles out this advice is so off the mark it’s not even funny.  Shame on them for being so misinformed.

What do they even mean when they say you can’t “get protein” from beans, nuts, and seeds?  That doesn’t make any sense.  Beans, nuts, and seeds are great sources of protein, which is easily absorbable by the human body.

If they are referring to the fact that beans, nuts, and seeds are incomplete proteins (meaning they do not contain all essential amino acids), that is irrelevant — as long as a vegetarian or vegan includes other protein sources (ie: grains and vegetables), their diet provides complete proteins.

Remember — the essential amino acids that are low in beans, nuts, and seeds are very much available in grains (and vice versa).

If you ever come across a doctor who tries to make a connection between red meat intake and a healthy thyroid, thank them for their time, walk out of their office, and never look back.

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