On paper, most vegetables, nuts, seeds and fruits look like they contain some vitamins, minerals and even protein. Unfortunately for us, we do not have the complex digestion and fermentation chambers of herbivores. While vitamins and minerals are in chemical form, which cannot be absorbed by humans and need to be converted, other problems also arise, such as antinutrients, fiber, and plant defense toxins.
The bioavailability and bioconversion rate of vitamins and minerals in plant foods are extremely low, in the neighborhood of 4 to 12 percent. So, right of the bat, you can multiply that label claim with .1 to get a fair idea of what you may be able to absorb. However, we have not yet adjusted for antinutrients such as phytic acid, oxalates and goitrogens, which bind to most minerals and make them useless. Another group of antinutrients are inhibitors like tannins, phytates, trypsin inhibitors, lucosinolates, and isothiocyanates, which bind to starch and protein to form complexes that our body cannot absorb. Same with fiber, it binds up protein and starch.
And if you boil, soak, sprout and rinse plant foods to reduce the content of antinutrients, some of the little nutrition that are present will be destroyed while most of the toxins will remain anyway (and some may increase), rendering the unpalatable crap even more useless. When you take all this into consideration, any kind of plant food or food made from plants are totally worthless as nutrition. Most of them simply provide calories in form of macronutrients – unfortunately, they do so by simultaneously poison us with chemicals and antinutrients.
In the end, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, fruits and other plant foods are not only toxic, they are also an extremely poor choice for nutrition. We have the ability to survive on plant foods for certain amounts of time (depending on your starting nutrition stores). But surviving is a far cry from thriving!
The only source of bioavailable vitamins, fat soluble vitamins, minerals, vitamin A, vitamin K2 (M4), Vitamin D3, EPA/DHA, heme iron, cholesterol, taurine, vitamin B12, and much more, are foods from the animal kingdom.
If you don’t eat animal foods on a daily basis, you are robbing yourself of nutrients and you will pay the price further down the road in form of modern diseases, premature aging, health problems, brain fog, muscle atrophy, and a shorter life span.