Eating large amounts of protein is really in now – from body builders downing protein shakes to moms on the go grabbing protein bars as they shuttle their kids between activities. What’s the buzz about?
Protein is an important component in every cell in our body. Our hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Protein is commonly referred to as the “building blocks” of the body. We need it to build and repair our tissues, and to make the hormones on other chemicals in our bodies.
Protein is an essential element of a healthy diet. Yet be careful, because not all protein rich foods are created equal. Make sure you select the leanest cuts of meats available. Processed meats, such as hot dogs, should be avoided because of very high amounts of fat and sodium. Other good sources of protein are eggs (consider just the whites, if you are concerned about cholesterol), fish, beans, nuts, and low-fat dairy.
The Hidden Secret of Protein in Weight Loss
The power of protein lies in the ability to satiate and satisfy the appetite. Recent studies have shown that protein is more satiating than both fat and carbohydrate! Eating protein will stabilize your blood sugar and curb your appetite. Consider protein your friend in losing weight.
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