Protein Is Not a Protein

Let me clear something up. A protein is not really protein. Here’s what I mean.

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0:00 Introduction: Protein is not protein
0:14 Protein RDAs
2:40 Foods rich in protein
2:57 Protein explained
7:46 Protein for kids
8:58 Learn more about protein!

Today, I want to clear up some confusion around protein.

Typically, the minimum amount of protein a person needs is 50 grams. You might think that if you consume a beef steak that’s 100 grams or 3.5 ounces, you’re getting double the amount of protein you need for the day.

However, there is a difference between the weight of a steak and the amount of protein in the steak. For example, a steak that weighs 100 grams only contains 26 grams of protein. This is because steak also contains fat and water.

Proteins also vary in amino acids. We don’t even really have a daily requirement for protein—we actually have a daily requirement for amino acids in the protein. The problem lies in the quality of protein or the bioavailable acids in the food you eat.

While some plants have protein, animal sources are a better option for protein than plant sources. Also, know that many infant formulas and foods for toddlers are loaded with soy protein and other plant proteins that can cause problems with digestion.

Foods high in protein:
1. Breast milk
2. Eggs
3. Meat
4. Chicken
5. Dairy

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Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals®. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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  1. not quite anonymous on April 10, 2023 at 10:14 am

    (adjusts tinfoil hat) I’m starting to get suspicious over government crusades against animal protein

    • Juliette Farrell on April 13, 2023 at 9:02 pm

      I’m glad someone is studying food and how it affects the body .

    • Arctic Seraph on April 14, 2023 at 2:02 am

      Slowly, one conspiracy theory suddenly starts to sound more like conspiracy fact, the more you discover more information and more facts indicating so

  2. Jason Chud on April 10, 2023 at 11:14 am

    I just came across this amazing doctor and have been watching all of them now when I can. Just amazing and easy to understand. Thank you! Jason

  3. Robert C Lynch on April 10, 2023 at 11:17 am

    I learned in 1986 that there is protein in many foods but some are short in the number of essential amino acids and that protein cannot be assimilated by the body until it gets ALL of the essential amino acids. For example, some nuts may have a few of the essentials but not all and therefore the body would need to wait for you to consume the missing amino acids. If you had eggs on the same day as the nuts, that would sort out the problem. Source Muscle & Fitness.

    • D K Leath on April 10, 2023 at 11:47 pm

      @Robert C Lynch TY > THAT’S VERY HELPFUL!!

    • Benjamin Steele on April 11, 2023 at 10:33 pm

      Of course, if you ate eggs eggs, you have a complete protein and so the nuts would be irrelevant.

    • Jason Majere on April 12, 2023 at 3:28 pm

      Say why this is or what its called that I can look into it more?

  4. Doctor Dark on April 10, 2023 at 11:32 am

    I’m pretty aware with what my body can digest. A year or so ago I always got this protein cereal that had good metrics in paper but it was vegan protein. I processed it legit like corn. My body didn’t absorb a thing. Destroyed my digestion until I cut it out of my diet and suck to my usual meat and tuna

    • Kevin Darroch on April 11, 2023 at 10:54 am

      Our body is so smart and smarter perhaps when we can or learn to listen to it.

    • K P on April 12, 2023 at 8:30 pm

      @Kevin Darroch the smartness in your body is from cosmic consciousness. if we give this intelligence what it needs it can do it’s job.

    • Sixty Nine on April 13, 2023 at 12:41 am

      This planet will deplete itself of resources by our doing and we will all eventually starve and thirst to death but keep on keeping on. That’s what we do.

    • Kali Mae Kmyassh on April 13, 2023 at 7:59 pm

      Was it ka’chava?.

    • guy sumpthin on April 14, 2023 at 1:13 pm

      Make sure its the kosher type of “tuna” (both fins & scales”

  5. EvilTwin on April 10, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Thank you Dr Berg for using all your measurements in grams!

  6. xoxopurebloodxoxo on April 10, 2023 at 11:54 am

    🙋‍♀️Hey Dr. Berg! Ive been doing IF/keto for about 6 weeks and ive lost 15lbs. The main indication of weight-loss is when i look down, I no longer see my belly! Unbelievable! This works for me because I love proteins and fats! My first cheat with sugar left me with severe inflammation in my hands. For those interested in starting, it is so easy once you get past the first few days. Just make sure you get your fats and protein in, this keeps you satiated for the full time ubtil your eating window! Only thing that i miss is flavorful drinks!

    • Proanimaluver on April 10, 2023 at 12:28 pm

      It’s awesome to look down..and be able to look down and not see a belly😊

    • Dr. Eric Berg DC on April 10, 2023 at 12:48 pm

      Congratulations on your success with Keto/ IF! This is amazing! Dr. Berg would love to hear your success story. Would you like to share it on his website? Feel free to upload your story here:

      -Dr. Berg’s Support Team

    • David Hopper on April 10, 2023 at 2:12 pm

      If I could find a before photo I would post my success story. I didn’t want my picture taken before keto, because I was carrying 25 extra pounds

    • Texas Doodle Darlins: Roberts on April 10, 2023 at 4:28 pm

      What about pea protein such as the Vega meal replacements?

    • Sywi12 on April 10, 2023 at 9:31 pm

      This is the recipe from the video of “OFF GRID with Doug & Stacy” and I assume you could just use one tablespoon of honey or maple syrup (which will be used by the mother of the vinegar) and adjust the rest with stevia:

      Haymakers punch aka Switchel
      Half gallon of filtered water add 1/3 cup raw apple cider vinegar with mother
      Ginger peeled and cut up (to taste)
      1 or more whole lemon squeezed (some folks even blend ginger and lemon … like also Dr. Berg suggested to do so with whole lemons)
      Either honey or maple syrup for sweetener approx 5 table spoons.

      Shake up really good then put into the refrigerator for 12-24 hrs

      Its so refreshing and delicious … especially when its hot outside. If you enjoy this kind of drink, they have another video like this one: A DRINK FROM THE 1700’s ~ SHRUB

  7. Laura Swann on April 10, 2023 at 12:25 pm

    Thank you so much Doctor Berg. I am on Day 5 of Keto in order to help my heart health. Yesterday I managed an uphill walk to visit my friend who is a cancer patient. I didn’t eat anything while I was there, and I didn’t have tea or coffee, I just sipped from my water bottle because I wasn’t hungry. And he kept telling me to eat something there. He kept asking me to have ice-cream, sweets etc, said he would cook a pizza (store-bought) for me, etc., hr even phoned me last night urging me to go to the store to buy myself ice-cream. How do other people deal with friends urging them to eat, especially at social gatherings, parties and holidays? Thank you all.💖

    • Laura Swann on April 11, 2023 at 5:24 pm

      Thank you all so much for taking the time to reply, you all gave me a lot of tips and a lot of encouragement, it was very sweet of you, you’re good people. I read every reply. Good luck to all of you too on this journey. 💖

    • Dyingfor Pie on April 12, 2023 at 3:01 pm

      I just say no thanks- when i started keto/if i actually had to deal with a couple people that literally would wave a doughnut in my face saying come on you want a bite and another who would blow on his food towards my face . Stay strong just say no

    • Bahaar on April 12, 2023 at 6:43 pm

      I am more worried and concerned about your friend who has cancer. Be kind to them please. And explain to them gently that sugar is cancer causing and even they should not be having it.

    • phubblewubb phubblewubb on April 14, 2023 at 7:13 am

      The enablers are a big problem, stay strong, you are the one who has the precious knowledge.

    • Laura Swann on April 14, 2023 at 4:28 pm

      Of course.💖

  8. Kevin Darroch on April 10, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    DR. Berg thank you for your great information. I studied in Germany one winter and in the town was a mother school. I think there should be more taught in regular schools for boys and girls about real food and what we need to eat and why and how best to prepare it. And what needs to be fed to babies growing up. There also needs to be more schooling for adults available for bringing up babies, children and food to eat. Your videos help do that.

    • Bluebird gramma on April 10, 2023 at 2:57 pm

      Don’t forget our DNA can have an affect on our health too.

    • Errol Magill on April 10, 2023 at 6:38 pm

      It’s a great idea; BUT – unfortunately it will be a case of the “experts” giving the wrong advice. Dr. Berg often says to do the opposite of what the experts tell us; from my own experiences, I believe he is right.

    • Kevin Darroch on April 11, 2023 at 10:52 am

      My Cancer Journey Pardon me, good luck with your health. Please may I quietly suggest you read about the work of Dr. Johanna Budwig. It helped someone I know, but I am not your doctor.

  9. Chris S on April 10, 2023 at 1:14 pm

    I just started Keto/low carb and IF. Your videos and others have helped me researched the process and I’m more discerning when I read labels and pick out meat and eggs.

  10. Floridacracker on April 10, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    I can personally attest to the fact that different MEAT proteins supply different amounts of energy. When I eat beef, no problems, but when I eat chicken, there is NO or REDUCED energy the next day. I was wondering why I had low energy in my labor intensive job and I eventually correlated it with what kind of protein I had consumed the dinner before. I mentioned it to my older brother and he started observing his energy levels and found the same correlation. so, even among meat based proteins, energy levels vary.

    • james oommen on April 10, 2023 at 3:54 pm

      Dr DeAdamo- Eat According to your Blood Type- mentioned about this.

    • Floridacracker on April 10, 2023 at 7:00 pm

      I have heard that certain people are more prone to this while others don’t have as much of a difference in energy levels. I have also heard it correlates with the people that eat chicken and still feel hungry. I try to eat chicken on weekends when I’m not expending as many calories because I’m not working.

    • Elaine C on April 11, 2023 at 2:55 am

      Agreed! I feel great on pasture raised beef, bison, lamb and goat! My body doesn’t like eggs, dairy or poultry.

    • Helen George on April 11, 2023 at 12:05 pm

      My Chinese medicine instructor asked the class, “Have you seen how chickens act, always moving, twitching, bobbing their heads, have you seen cows and how slowly they move, how relaxed they are most of the day?

  11. Yojirex on April 10, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    Really good to know, I was wondering if the 3oz of protein you were talking about was 3oz of protein-rich food or 3oz of the protein itself. This clears it up!

  12. TripperDan99 on April 10, 2023 at 5:29 pm

    Fantastic video, so educational and helps provide some excellent groundwork to build a healthy protein intake. Ironically a couple of weeks ago we were going through this process to understand “protein verses protein” in our diet. Thank you for confirming our discoveries.

  13. DruelleB on April 10, 2023 at 7:03 pm

    Dr Berg ice been vegan for 14 yrs and have been keto for 3 😊 my full blood panel is still excellent and I feel great! It’s just choosing the right foods. I don’t eat processed stuff, no powders. I have a beyond burger as a treat every once in a while but not as a staple. I have lots of energy and super happy too! 🖤

    • Donnelius on April 12, 2023 at 11:22 pm

      Love this!

    • phillip sauve on April 13, 2023 at 6:30 pm

      DruelleB I just started vegetarian with the exception of whey protein and eggs! I feel amazing eating mostly beans mixed with rice and other veggies and fruits with healthy fats! I recommend it 💯 so far in my experience !

  14. Chronusman22 on April 11, 2023 at 12:44 am

    I always play you at 2x speed. Your ability to articulate makes it perfect and understandable! Thank you <3

  15. Omar on April 11, 2023 at 4:48 am

    Thank you Dr. Berg. I have learned so much from you that would have taken a lifetime for me to understand. I literally feel better everyday after taking your advice.

  16. ANDY VAN KERKHOVE on April 11, 2023 at 6:23 am

    Way overweight at 6ft6 and 280 pounds, I started with a 72h fasting and on OMAD – Keto program for a couple of weeks now… thanks to Dr Berg….THANK YOU
    Lost 25 pounds already, but getting 120 gr of protein per day is difficult….so I just ordered my first protein supplements – chocolate flavor…
    I feel way better and all those small problems that started after I got 50 are gone… prostate, gout, arthritis, gutproblems….

    incredible how you can change in a few weeks…
    From Spain

    • fln on April 13, 2023 at 7:05 pm

      Give me your height

    • Isaiah Johnson™ on April 14, 2023 at 2:16 am

      Thanks for the insight! Definitely helped out a lot, Dr. Berg is the truth! 🫡

  17. Karl Ball on April 11, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    Great video, as a bodybuilder I am aware of what you state, but understand ‘normal’ people can get confused, especially with these blasted nutritional info labels.

  18. As Above So Below on April 13, 2023 at 11:17 am

    Amazing video. Really learned a lot about the different amino profiles within various foods and the absence of it in others. I got lucky and have a diet already that fulfills both needs.

  19. Louis Boivin on April 13, 2023 at 5:38 pm

    It’s been a year since i took your advices. I eat 3 eggs daily, fast until 12-1pm sometime even later, started work out 8 months ago and do cold shower. Low carb diet but still a bit of rice and definitely feel better. The most important improvement has been my concentration at school. All my life i have not been able to listen to my classes and i always refused to take medications. Now i found what was my problem, not taking care of my body enough. Thank you very much for your advices that changed my life.

    • TheCompleteGuitarist on April 14, 2023 at 8:29 am

      That was my problem and I’m the teacher.

    • CT on April 14, 2023 at 3:28 pm

      Very cool story. Food and nutrition is or number one medicine for wellness and longevity. I lost 60 lbs and got sober through fasting and healthy keto.

    • Danny Avalon on April 14, 2023 at 4:46 pm

      It’s amazing how good you can feel when you focus on self care , many people don’t even get basic things like 8 hrs of sleep and plenty of water.

  20. Anthony Bull on April 13, 2023 at 11:12 pm

    I swear i learn more from this man than i did from 75% of my teachers in school lol. I watch these videos everyday and I’m pretty healthy. It’s just the knowledge I like to pick up on

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