The One Nutrient You are Nearly Guaranteed to be Deficient In

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Monique Nelson

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Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.
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I sometimes wander over to NutritionFacts.org to while my minutes – sometimes hours – away catching up on the newest and most shock-worthy healthy information I can find.

Today was one of those days.

I decided to give the following video a watch: Do Vegetarians Get Enough Protein?

Did you watch it!?

Were you shocked!?

First of all, less than 3% of people were deficient in protein, and that it by far the one nutrient that is thrown around consistently in attempts scare plant-based eaters into carving up a big ol’ steak. Pretty much the only people within that 3% are not getting enough of any nutrients, however, so this is not an area I feel the need to be concerned about.

In fact, according to the studies,

“Vegetarians and vegans get 70% more protein than they need every day.”

But….

On the flip side of that coin, 97% of Americans are NOT getting enough Fiber in their daily eating plans.

That is a statistic that blows my mind.

It was shocking enough to lead me to ask this question on my Facebook profile today:

I hope that a few more answers go up, but as of writing this post at least 50% of the answers didn’t know that there was no fiber at all in steak. Moreover, for a profile that generally gets considerably more engagement, the crickets chirped on this one. I hazard a guess that few people were sure enough of their answers to publicly share an opinion.

If that wasn’t enough, I did a search on Pexels.com – one of my favourite stock photo websites – for “fiber.” Usually I am offered up a vast collection of gorgeous images to choose from, regardless of the obscurity of the search term. Today? Two pictures:

fiber search on pexels

Yup, that is chocolate cereal on the one side (healthy! not.) and wool on the other (yum!) Just to be safe, I even checked the Canadian / British spelling: Fibre

fibre search on pexels

Well, at least that’s a whole food item. But…it was awfully lonely up there by itself on the page.

Fiber is apparently a topic that requires a lot more discussion for, how are we to be expected to increase our consumption, if we have no idea what to eat the includes fiber?

Short answer: Eat more plants.

 

 

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Monique Nelson is the founder, chief organizer and editor at Choose To Cook, and is highly motivated to help people of the world take charge of their health through simple and delicious nutritional changes.

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