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How to Find and Eat High Quality Protein

Posted by: Emily Terry | Posted on: June 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

What exactly is high quality protein? Can you tell the difference between high quality protein, and other sources of protein?

If you’re like most people you probably can’t. You just know that humans need 10% to 35% of their daily calories to come from protein to stay healthy.

That’s why in today’s post I’m going to dig down into what exactly protein is, and what you should know about the protein you consume.

First of all, protein is not one thing. It is a macronutrient, made up of a family of amino acids that form the building blocks for protein.

You can get protein in its complete form in the following foods:

  • Meat, poultry, fish
  • Legumes (dry beans and peas)
  • Tempeh and tofu products
  • Eggs, milk, and milk products
  • Nuts and seeds

You can also combine certain foods to get a complete protein for example:

  • Legumes and rice
  • Millet and beans
  • Quinoa (pronounced keen wa) and chickpeas

But knowing what protein is, is just the beginning of the story. We have to be more knowledgeable and careful now than our grandparent’s generation about what is in the foods we eat.

High quality protein sources to consider:

1)      Beef: Grass feed beef is much preferable to grain fed beef. Grain fed beef eat very cheap grain and are kept in inhumane conditions, often fed hormones to make them fat, and antibiotics to keep them healthy. Guess who ingests those when the beef is consumed?

2)      Chicken: Organic chicken is much healthier than ordinary chicken. It is allowed to range, is fed healthy foods without pesticides or other drugs, while regular chickens are raised in factories,  pumped full of hormones and antibiotics without the ability to even walk.

3)      Eggs: Organic eggs enhanced with DHA are a much healthier choice than egg substitutes, and regular eggs for some of the same reasons as above.

4)      Salmon: Stick with wild salmon to avoid the often sickly and cheaply fed farmed version frequently sold in stores and restaurants. As a general rule try to eat fish when it is in season.

5)      Yogurt: Organic, plain and European (Greek) yogurt is much better for you than regular yogurt which is loaded with chemicals, hormones, bad fats and sugars.

6)      Tempeh is a better alternative than tofu and “mock” meats which are heavily processed.

7)      Pick almonds and almond butter over peanuts and peanut butter because peanuts are the least nutritious nut and can inflame candida.

As more and more people have become aware of the hidden dangers of some foods, the demand for organic and healthy alternatives has risen, so you can find many of the above foods in large grocery stores, and whole food stores. If not, try your luck online.

Not everyone can afford to shop entirely organic but you can pick and choose which foods you want to spend some extra money on.

How will this knowledge influence how you eat from now on?

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