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The ideal diet contains a mix of nutrients: carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, fiber, healthy fats, and protein. You need to eat enough protein each day, because this nutrient forms the foundation of your muscles, bones, cartilage, skin, and blood. Protein also provides your body with the calories you need to stay active. High protein foods keep you feeling full longer than high carbohydrate foods. They prevent the blood sugar spikes that lead to food splurges, and contribute to weight gain.

The USDA’s ChooseMyPlate guideline recommends that women eat 5 to 5 Ω ounces of protein foods, and men eat 5 Ω to 6 Ω ounces daily. If you’re an athlete who is looking to build muscle, you may need to increase your protein intake even more.

Check with your doctor to find out how much protein is appropriate for you. Meat, chicken, turkey, fish, beans, peas, eggs, soy, nuts, and seeds are all examples of high protein foods. You can also get protein in dairy foods such as Greek yogurt, milk, and cottage cheese. A small chicken breast, one can of tuna, 3 ounces of trout, one egg, or 12 almonds is equal to one ounce of protein.

Not all high protein foods are equally good for you. The USDA recommends choosing low-fat or lean protein sources, such as skinless chicken, fish, or tofu. Protein sources like steak, hamburger, pork, or duck tend to be higher in fat and calories. Processed meats are high protein foods, but they are also very high in fat, as well as in sodium and other unhealthy additives. Bacon, sausage, ham, hot dogs, canned meat, and some lunch meats have been linked to an increased risk for cancer, and should therefore be avoided or at least eaten in very limited quantities.

High-Protein Foods: Plant-Based Protein Can Lower Your Disease Risk

High-Protein Foods: Plant-Based Protein Can Lower Your Disease Risk

Adopting a plant-based diet, studies suggest, can lower your risk of chronic disease and extend your life. That’s why health experts are recommending the addition of a few meatless meals—ones that contain high-protein foods from plant sources—to your weekly meal plans.

Plant foods are known to contain fiber, vitamins, minerals,

Are Cage-Free Eggs More Nutritious?

Are Cage-Free Eggs More Nutritious?

We see the designation “cage-free eggs” on cartons in the grocery store, but what does it mean? And does it make a difference in the quality of eggs?

One thing is certain: Eggs are a versatile and useful ingredient for just about any type of recipe, which is why they

6. Evaluating Brain Supplement Claims

If you watch much television, you’ve no doubt wondered whether your brain might get a boost from a protein “originally found in jellyfish.” Touted as the top-selling supplement in the amorphous category of “brain health,” the jellyfish-protein pills are likened to supplements you may already be taking for your heart

Hemp Seed Nutrition: Big Health Benefits from Tiny Packages

Hemp Seed Nutrition: Big Health Benefits from Tiny Packages

Got hemp seed? Nutrition benefits from this worthy source of protein make it an ideal addition to your diet. Beyond protein, hemp seeds contain a number of other nutrients that are an essential part of a healthy eating plan.

Specifically, hemp seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids known as

Plant Protein vs. Animal Protein: Which Is Best for Your Health?

Plant Protein vs. Animal Protein: Which Is Best for Your Health?

Nutrition experts stress the importance of overall “diet quality” as opposed to demonizing and avoiding particular foods or even entire food groups. “Quality” means that what you eat provides the energy and essential nutrients you need for an active, healthy life. All sources of protein, for example, are not created

Shining the Light on Plant Proteins

More and more people are putting plant proteins—beans, lentils, peas, soyfoods, nuts, seeds, and whole grains—at the center of the plate. According to research conducted by Midan Marketing and MeatingPlace, 70 percent of meat eaters in the U.S. are substituting a non-protein meal at least once a week, and 22

6 Diet Tips You Should Follow

6 Diet Tips You Should Follow

Every day another diet book hits the shelves, and new diet tips or a food fad populates social media. And with that, more and more people become confused about how they should revamp their eating habits to reach their desired health or weight goal. Should you go Paleo or vegan?

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