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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Is Meat Necessary for Protein?

Meat is certainly a good source of protein, and protein is needed by our bodies to build new cells, keep tissues healthy, and enable the body to perform basic bodily functions. But protein can come from many sources, not just meat.

Protein can be found in meat, poultry and fish, and dairy products. There is also protein in vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, and grains. Here are a few examples:

  • Vegetables - leafy green vegetables such as spinach, lettuce, kale and collard greens as well as other vegetables like broccoli, sweet potatoes, asparagus, cauliflower, tomatoes, celery and carrots.
  • Fruit - strawberries, oranges, peaches, dates, prunes, watermelon, cherries, bananas, kiwi and papaya.
  • Nuts and Seeds - almonds, cashews, pistachios, sunflower seeds.
  • Grains - oats, barley, wheat germ, bran, rye.

The best plan for getting enough protein is to eat a balanced diet of meat, poultry and fish, along with dairy products, fruits and vegetables, nuts and grains. If you want to eliminate meat and dairy products to prevent cholesterol from fat, fruits and vegetables alone don't have all the amino acids the body needs. To ensure you consume enough protein, it is necessary to not only include a large variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains in your diet, but also increase the quantity in order to match the level of protein you would normally get from animal products.

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