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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Top 5 Foods Highest in Protein

Protein is a macronutrient, this means that your body needs large amounts of it to remain healthy. Unlike other macronutrients such as carbohydrates and fat, your body does not store protein, this means that you have no reserve and should ensure to eat high in protein every day.

Protein is used by your body to do many things including building and repairing tissue and making body chemicals such as hormones and enzymes.

It also has the benefit of helping to curb hunger, and a high protein diet is often attributed to maintaining a healthy weight.

But how much protein you should have is not a simple requirement to calculate. For your average sedentary man, we are looking at about 56 grams, while it would be 46 grams for his female counterpart (This is calculated as 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight, or 0.36 grams per pound.) Other factors can come into play and as with all dietary requirements, you might need to tweak it a little to match your own personal situation.

Now that you've decided you need to increase your protein intake, you might be wondering how to go about doing it. One way is to look at protein supplements, such as shakes. However, you may find it easy to skip the supplements and go straight to food, buy eating the right things.

Here are our Top 5 foods to eat to increase your protein intake:

1# Parmesan Cheese
42 g per 100 grams

This cheese is usually taken in rather small amounts and eaten grated on food such as pasta. It is an Italian cheese made from cow's milk. 100 grams of it has 42 g of protein, but also 431 calories and 29 g of fat.

2# Dry Roasted Soy Beans
40 g per 100 grams

This snack, made from soy bean, is high in protein but one should keep in mind that soy is a little bit controversial when it comes to its estrogen boosting capabilities. We recommend eating soy in moderation especially if there is a history of hormone-related issues in the family.  100 g of dry roasted soy beans also have 451 calories and 21.6 g of fat.

3# Lean Veal and Beef
37 g per 100 grams

Red meat is often the number one people think of when they think of protein and with a reason! Lea veal and beef have about 37 g of protein per 100 g of meat while only costing you 190 calories and 4 g of fat for that same serving size.

4# Lamb (Shoulder)
36 g per 100 grams

Though at 274 calories and 19.8 g of fat for 100 grams, a lamb shoulder may not be the go to high protein food for people who need to watch their weight, it still makes a good treat food in moderation, or an excellent food for a person trying to put on weight or body building.

5# Turkey Breast 
29 g per 100 grams

Turkey breast is one of the well known go-to foods for high protein with low fat and calories. It is one of those "diet" foods that transcends the trends and with a reason. Your 100g of turkey will only cost you 136 calories and 1.97 g of fat, compared with all the food listed above, it is really the best option for lean and high protein eating. Anyone have any good turkey recipes?
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