I'm assuming that the majority of you reading this would have seen this dire crock of shite floating around the internet at some point or another. Well I have and to avoid the (further) misinformation of the masses at the hands of unwashed and uneducated vegan zealots I've decided to finally put this one to rest in the most comprehensive and foul mouthed way possible.
Firstly it must be said that this is not a moral argument nor it is a case against people who change their eating habits due to a genuine problem with the global meat industry. That is your decision and your decision alone. Nobody is stopping you. It's the percentage of vegetarians and vegans that perpetrate the idea that a vegan/vegetarian diet is somehow the answer to all humanities ailments and anyone who chooses to eat meat in the 21st century is somehow morally reprehensible for doing so. Get fucked.
Right so away we go:
1. THE MAJOR ARGUMENT IN THIS PICTURE IS A BLATANT LIE
Right so this picture is arguing that broccoli is a more dense source of protein per calorie than steak. Uhm, no. According to the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service’s Nutrient Data Laboratory database, 100kcal of broiled beef, top sirloin steak has exactly 11.08 grams of protein and 100kcal of chopped, raw broccoli has exactly 8.29. So. Yeah. There's that. Stop believing everything you see on the internet folks.
2. CALORIE DENSITY
Even if the featured statement were true it would still be asinine. Have you seen what 100kcal of steak looks like compared to 100kcal of broccoli? You haven't? Okay here you go:
So if you're a 100kg male eating 2.2g of protein per kilogram of bodyweight you are going to need to consume twenty of those broccoli portions on the right each day simply to hit your protein total. Good luck.
3. FIBRE CONTENT
Broccoli has 2.6g of fibre per 100g and 2.8g of protein per 100g. Our 100kg male would need to eat roughly seventy eight 100g portions of broccoli to meet his recommended protein needs for the day. That's 202 grams of fibre. Daily recommended fibre intake ranges for roughly 30-50g daily with over consumption leading to stomach discomfort and the malabsorption of certain vitamins and minerals.
But please, go ahead.
4. A VASTLY INFERIOR AMINO ACID PROFILE
Animal protein is superior to vegetable protein in a myriad of ways. To understand this one must first have a brief understanding of the different types of amino acids.
When looking at proteins we are simply looking at chains of amino acids connected together. When we cook and digest these proteins they get broken down into their most basic building blocks: amino acids. There are two major types of amino acids: essential and non essential. Non essential meaning that your body can manufacture then from glucose and essential meaning that they must be taken in via way of our nutrition. Thus the emphasis when measuring protein quality is on the essential amino acid profile. Proteins that provide all nine of the essential amino acids are known as complete proteins. All animal sources are complete proteins. To my knowledge soy is the only real plant source with a full spectrum of the amino acids. Broccoli however, is not.
Don't believe me? Here is the essential amino acid breakdown of your precious broccoli vs a good old steak:
There you have it folks. Another Facebook shock piece left in ruin courtesy of yours truly.
Thanks for the read,