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Sources of Protein



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Besides weight loss, protein is important as it helps in building and repairing the muscles, and production of hormones, enzymes and other essential body chemicals. Additionally, protein is important in production of strong cartilage and bones, muscles, skin and healthy blood.

Being a macronutrient, we are required to take large amounts of protein for optimal benefits and functions. Also, regular consumption of foods rich in protein is recommended because the body does not store protein thus the need for regular feed. Because of these functions, it is vital to choose the best sources of protein that will keep your body functioning well.


Sources of protein

Fish

Fish is graded as the best source of protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, selenium as well as Vitamin D. All these are healthy to the heart especially Omega-3 fatty acids which helps improve functions of the heart as well as weight loss. Besides meat and poultry, fish is believed to have high contents of protein the body needs. Additionally, fish has also been seen to help with weight loss. Best types of fish to eat when you want to lose weight and get high protein include sardines, rainbow trout, Mackerel, herring, halibut, fresh tuna, anchovy, and albacore tuna.

Meat

Meat is also among the best sources of protein available. Whether beef, lamb, pork or bison; these types of meats are known to offer high amounts of protein. However, it is important to select meat that will not leave you at risk of heart diseases, diabetes, and other related diseases. Reach for lean meat like flank steaks or tenderloin. It is also recommended to limit your meat consumption to once or twice per week. Besides protein, meat is also packed with significant amounts of Vitamin B12, iron, and zinc.

Poultry and eggs

Poultry is also considered the best source of protein. Besides protein, poultry (especially chicken and turkey), also provides the body with significant amounts of vitamins, minerals, and low fats. Comparing the two, turkey is believed to have low calories and fats than chicken.

Eggs are also said to contain significant amounts of protein and said to be the least expensive source of protein. Besides protein, eggs also contain safe amounts of cholesterol thus can be enjoyed by any person with a healthy heart. Additionally, eggs contain minerals like folate and riboflavin, and Vitamins B12 and D. Although most people consider eggs as bad food, they are believed to help with weight loss. Other best sources of protein include seeds, nuts, and legumes.


Sources:

WebMD- Good protein

Harvard School of Public Health- The Nutrition Source: Protein

Fox News- Top 10: Trusted Sources of Protein

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