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## freitasm

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Never let the truth get in the way of a good headline... Found this as an ad for a vegan website:

Sure, but let's look at something different:

Google tells me there's 2.8g of protein per 100g of broccoli which provides 34 calories. This means 294g of brocolli are needed for 100 calories. Do the maths and those 294g of brocolli are actually 8.23g of protein, not 11.1 as claimed.

Google tells me there's 26g of proteins per 100g of lean beef and 250 calories on this same 100g. So to get those 6.4g of protein we would need to eat only 24g of meat (against 294g of broccoli). This is only 60 calories (which means that you would get more than the claimed 6.4g of protein if you ate 100 calories of beef as per this ad).

Also they used calories... Let's use weight instead. 100g of beef will give you 26g of protein, while 100g of broccoli gives you 2.8g of protein. You would have to eat almost 10 times more broccoli in weight to get the same amount of protein as beef.

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## Rikkitic

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This kind of thing is so widespread I don't think this specific example has any special significance. I'm sure there are plenty of meat ads that play just as fast and loose with the truth.

Anyway, if I want protein my first choice would not be broccoli.

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I remember a TV ad from the old days (I'm guessing probably the '90s) that showed a piece of meat on a plate and a plate of spinach comparing how much of both you needed to get the recommended intake of (off the top of my head) iron. As you can imagine the piece of meat was small. The plate of spinach was huge.

## Behodar

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At least that headline is technically true. A few weeks ago the local paper had a big headline saying "sugary drinks banned". In reality, a local organisation had chosen not to sell sugary drinks on its own premises - hardly the same thing!

## ubergeeknz

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Surely you realise Google is part of the Big Meat Conspiracy?

## andrewNZ

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Reminds me of the flyer asking people if they want the real spin on meat.

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## MikeB4

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Best thing is to spread the load. Lower the red meat intake a lot and increase the vegetable intake. Gives the energy needed and reduces the health risks.

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## timmmay

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Assuming that graphic is accurate look at it another way: if you eat 294g of broccoli you're probably going to be pretty full, you've eaten 96 calories and 13g of protein (according to my fitness pal). If you eat 294g of eye fillet steak you've eaten 349 calories and 63g of protein. So for anyone losing weight the bulky broccoli is a better bet.

Unless you're trying to lose weight or gain muscle most people don't need that much protein a day. According to what I've read, given I'm trying to gain muscle, I need to eat around 200g of protein a day. Obviously very difficult eating natural foods for a vegetarian, so protein powders are required. 110 calories of protein powder gives you 30g of protein, which is even better than beef.

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## Batman

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I'm surprised the Vegan website uses a broccoli to sell their misleading agenda, PETA is way ahead of the game.

## MikeB4

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Vegan is OK it's just not a lot of meat in the topic.

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## turnin

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It comes down to empathy really.
Can you imagine being that brocolli.
Happily enjoying its life until one day, out of the blue its ripped out of its home by its hair,
Carted inside,
having its lower limbs removed ,
water boarded,
then slowly boiled within an inch of its life
only to then be stabbed with a large fork and lifted into the awaiting mouth of its murderer who grids it between his slab like teeth in some sort of sick ceremony that is repeated nightly.

You can buy protein shakes you know !

## Batman

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Agree. Much kinder with cattle. Feed them, tlc them, stun them into a happy dream. No suffering.

## alexx

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People replacing meat with something else, should make sure it provides a complete protein which broccoli doesn't.
Not to mention the B group vitamins,

A lot of people could benefit from reducing their meat intake, but misinformation isn't helping anyone.

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## scuwp

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If it doesn't include meat...it's just a snack.

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## Fred99

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freitasm:

Sure, but let's look at something different:

Google tells me there's 2.8g of protein per 100g of broccoli which provides 34 calories. This means 294g of brocolli are needed for 100 calories. Do the maths and those 294g of brocolli are actually 8.23g of protein, not 11.1 as claimed.

I don't actually believe there's any protein at all in broccoli.  It's all in those long green superbly camouflaged caterpillars which infest all broccoli (unless nuked on a daily basis). The 2.8/100g shown on the lab analysis was surely the result of a lazy lab tech.

## richms

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scuwp: If it doesn't include meat...it's just a snack.

Or garnishing

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