Protein Foods are important

Emelia Clement  |  12/21/2017 7:59:32 PM

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Protein is a nutrient required for a healthy body. Proteins form the structural component of muscle, skin, blood and most of the body’s internal structure.

They regulate fluid balance; act as enzymes and hormones, as antibodies to fight against infections, and are involved in many more physiological roles.

Dietary sources of protein include: plants- beans, peas, soy and soy products, nuts, seeds; and animal foods- meat, poultry, fish and seafood, and eggs. Both sources provide high quality proteins however, fats in animal foods are saturated and not heart healthy.

On the other hand, plant oils in protein foods like nuts and seeds are unsaturated and more heart-healthy, giving rise to the recommendation to consume more plant-based protein sources. Most Americans consume enough protein but it is recommended that people over 9 years and older should eat no more than 5-7 oz. of protein each day.

One ounce of protein foods is equivalent to 1 ounce of lean meat, poultry or seafood; 1 egg; 1/4 cup cooked beans or peas; 1/2 ounce nuts or seeds ; or 1 tablespoon of peanut butter.

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