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Protein Content of Breast Milk

Hello Frederic,

I’m a researcher by training. So when you said that human breast milk contains only 6% protein, I had to investigate this claim. If you check the American Pediatric Association website, you will find that it contains between 60% to 80% protein. I’m curious from what source(s) did you learn that human breast milk contains 6% protein? I’ve heard from Loren Lockman who owns Tanglewood Wellness Center in Panama claiming that human breast milk contains .025% protein. With due respect, I think your credibility would be enhanced if you would cite the sources of your findings.

Respectfully submitted,
Judith Fruge’

ANSWER:

Thanks for writing Judith. You will see that I did not get my facts wrong! The only proper way to look at the percentage of protein in foods is to look at the percentage of calories. The website you mention probably listed the percentage of protein by dry weight, which is completely misleading. If you enter “human milk” in any food database you will see that the percentage of protein per calories is only 6%. It would be impossible that this percentage be 60% as even cow’s milk is only 26% of protein per calories (and we all know it contains more protein than human milk, which is sweeter). Here’s from fitday:fitday


Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude

Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.


Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.