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From: Leslie (
Subject:         Question About Metabolism of Protein
Date: February 8, 2013 at 12:22 pm PST

Hello Dr. Graham,
Thank you for replying to my query last time. I have been
working on going to sleep earlier.
Someone who went to nutrition school asked me a question about
"protein" the other day. I said earlier that even "proteins"
are converted down into carbs and some other things, including
amino acids. He does acknowledge that even fruits and
vegetables have amino acids. I should have been more specific
about the exact source of protein.
Do every protein that enter the body get directly broken down
to amino acids like he purports? I have qualms about such a
statement since cooked flesh (and cooked food in general) is
denatured and I suspect that it will go break down so smoothly
in the body. What is the chief difference between proteins in
plant foods and animal foods and how should I explain it so
that he'll understand? I know that animal carcasses are not
good for the body, but how do I suggest to him that is is
Also, shall I also introduce the idea that too much protein is
detrimental for our health?

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