According to a 2010 analysis of protein intake in U.S. adults, “the percentages of total protein intake derived from animal, dairy, and plant protein were 46%, 16%, and 30%, respectively” , which means that animal products still dominate daily protein consumption in the U.S. and other countries with similar diets.
However, plants such as grains, legumes, nuts and seeds are getting increasing recognition for their protein content.
Just like a car requires gasoline to run, our bodies require food to power through our day. All of our energy, in the form of calories, is derived from three macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein and fat (and perhaps the occasional glass of alcohol!). Seems simple enough, right? Yet there are few topics in nutrition that have inspired as much debate and online flame wars as the proper ratios of macronutrients in our diets.
You might wonder what’s the difference between whole and refined grains. Why are grains refined in the first place? Which ones should you eat? You’ll know that and more by the end of this article.