According to most all-knowing, all-seeing nutritionists and dieticians, I should be getting between 20 and 80 grams of protein per day instead of the 200 grams I typically consume.
Really, that's what they say: 20 to 80 grams a day, sometimes accompanied by the stern warning that more than 20 grams a day could be fatal. I'm not kidding, this is the level of idiocy that's out there among some "experts."
Well, the U.S. government's "experts" say I should be eating 3.5 cups of vegetables and 2.5 cups of fruit per day. That's actually quite a lot of vegetables and fruits, and honestly, I don't always get that much. In fact, until a few years ago, I probably didn't eat that many fruits and vegetables in a week.
Now, if the experts are underestimating protein needs, can we also assume that they're underestimating the amount of vegetables and fruits we should be getting? After all, we don't want to eat just enough to stay alive, we want to eat enough to thrive, to excel, to go beyond merely adequate.
The truth is, certain veggies, fruits, berries, and teas can have enormous, pharmaceutical-like benefits. Get enough and you can guarantee a longer, healthier life. But as you may have guessed, it takes a lot more than 3.5 cups of vegetables a day to reap these benefits. Yep, the "experts" have once again underestimated.
Problem is, much like the healthy fats found in fish, it's practically impossible to consume that many fruits and veggies in one day. Even if you had a serving of veggies with every meal for six meals a day, you'd only be just scratching the surface of their potential life-extending benefits.
In the case of omega-3s and fish, we know we need to supplement to get enough of the good stuff, because none of us can (or should, given today's toxic mercury levels) consume that much marine life. So what do we do in the case of vegetables, fruits, berries, and teas? Simple: we supplement.