Nutrition Is Contextual – Don’t Take Things At Face Value

The problem with the internet is that people share all sorts of information that lacks proper context. Diet and nutrition is no different.

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Take the picture above on protein. Taken at face value many people may now think that broccoli is a superior source of protein compared to beef. But is that true?

This is a classic case of factual information being taken out of context.

Yes, per 100 calories broccoli contains more protein than beef but before you go out and stock up on the green stuff let me explain why this picture is misleading….

Protein is super important to help you build a better body. It helps you build and retain muscle & keeps you fuller for longer meaning you are less likely to overeat calories. You can read more about that here.


Broccoli has roughly 3 grams of protein per 100 grams. This means to get 11g of protein from broccoli you’d need to eat almost 400g grams of the stuff. That’s A LOT of broccoli.

Compare that to the steak. To get 11 grams of protein you could get away with only eating 40-45 grams of the juicy goodness. That is WAY more manageable.

The reality is that you’d need around 10x as much broccoli to get the same amount of protein. So the idea that you only need plants to consume enough protein may well be true, if you are happy to eat a shit tonne. Not many people would be willing or able to do that. Plus, would you rather have steak or broccoli? No contest. Broccoli is a fantastic food – just not as a source of protein.

Make sure you are aware of the context of how information is presented. Don’t fall for internet memes that lack proper context. It will lead you down a slippery slope.

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