Animal vs. Vegetable Protein
by Tom Friedel
The general gist of these conversations is usually animal protein
is better, but vegetable protein is O.K.
Here is one paragraph from a popular book by Nutrition expert,
UCLA prof. Dr. Roy Walford 'The 120 Year Diet' that indicates the
"Replacement of animal with vegetable protein in the diet will lower
cholesterol and LDL and favorably influence both the onset and the
course of arteriosclerosis. This effect is not merely due to the greater
fat intake associated with animal protein, since it can be observed (in
animals) with low-fat, choloesterol-free semi-purified diets in which
milk and soybean proteins are compared. Figure 5.3 dramatically
shows the effect of blood cholesterol on feeding various types of
protein for 28 days to rabbits maintained on cholesterol free diets.
We see that all plant proteins are better than any animal proteins..."
[The figure shows the effect of 8 meats and 8 non-meats, and the meats
are all worse (in terms of blood cholesterol) than the plants. Of course
the vegetarian rabbit will show this effect in a more pronounced way than
the probably originally omnivorous human, but epidemological (spelling)
evidence indicates that humans have the same response.
The ref is Federation Proceeedings, K.K. Carroll 41:2792