The Protein Conundrum
- July 28, 2009
Most fad diets, like the Atkins Diet, that promoted excessive protein consumption have lost their luster in the health and nutrition world. However, protein should still be a very important part of your diet. Whether you are an active weight lifter, a marathon runner or a lifetime walker, you need a healthy amount of protein in your diet to help maintain strong bones, repair muscle tissue, balance blood sugar levels and keep your heart healthy. It may seem like a daunting task to calculate and regulate your protein consumption, but with just a few healthy tips from some experts, you can easily commit to a diet rich in healthy and beneficial proteins.
The key to protein consumption is balance and smart choices. Maureen Callahan, R.D. in an article for Real Simple, points out that the Mypyramid site for the United States Department of Argriculture recommends individuals get 15% of their calories from protein. She also notes that the best proteins to consume are lean proteins like fish, skinless chicken, beans, egg whites and low fat dairy products.
If you don't know how to shop for lean proteins, start with this article from the Mayo Clinic about how to buy lean meat and poultry. For lean protein recipe ideas including flounder, tofu, omelete and lentil recipes, search Myrecipes.