A whole-foods, Starch-Smart® diet supplies more than enough protein to meet our daily requirements. "Protein Overload" is an excellent article written by Dr. John McDougall. He explains that "A little protein is good, but more is not better. Protein consumed beyond our needs is a health hazard as devastating as excess dietary fat and cholesterol. Unfortunately, almost everyone on the typical Western diet is overburdened with protein to the point of physical collapse. The public has almost no awareness of problems of protein overload, but scientists have known about the damaging effects of excess protein for more than a century."
Soy has been a controversial topic, especially on the internet. Much of this inaccurate information "lacks responsible scientific integrity," and has been generated by the president of a popular foundation that promotes lard, organ meats, raw milk, and butter as being healthy, nutrient dense foods.
This is a great article by Lindsay Nixon from Happy Herbivore! In response to her question, her readers shared their stories when making the transition to a whole-foods, plant-based diet. Many times we will experience withdrawal symptoms, as mentioned in her article. These symptoms can be mistakenly interpreted as "not getting enough protein, or nutrients." So it's important that we know about the detox symptoms before we start a nutrient-rich, plant-centered diet.