• Protein is an essential macronutrient that plays a crucial role in the functioning of the human body. According to Healthline, it serves as the building blocks for cells, tissues, enzymes, and hormones. Incorporating a balanced amount of protein into one’s diet is vital for overall health and well-being.

    Healthline notes that proteins are made up of amino acids that join together to form long chains. You can think of a protein as a string of beads in which each bead is an amino acid.

    According to HealthShots, one of the most well-known sources of protein is lean meats. Poultry, such as chicken and turkey, are exceptionally rich in protein while being low in saturated fats. They provide essential amino acids necessary for muscle repair and growth. Additionally, fish, especially varieties like salmon and tuna, are not only abundant in protein but also offer heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, making them a double benefit for health-conscious individuals.

    Protein high foods

    Here are some foods that are high in protein by Better Health:

    • Lean meats – beef, lamb, veal, pork, kangaroo.
    • Poultry – chicken, turkey, duck, emu, goose, bush birds.
    • Fish and seafood – fish, prawns, crab, lobster, mussels, oysters, scallops, clams.
    • Eggs.
    • Dairy products – milk, yoghurt (especially Greek yoghurt), cheese (especially cottage cheese).
    • Nuts (including nut pastes) and seeds – almonds, pine nuts, walnuts, macadamias, hazelnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds.
    • Legumes and beans – all beans, lentils, chickpeas, split peas, tofu.
    Protein foods

    Understanding the significance of protein and its sources is paramount in achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Whether sourced from lean meats, fish, plant-based options, dairy, or eggs, protein is an indispensable component of a balanced diet.

    By incorporating a diverse range of protein-rich foods, individuals can promote overall health, support muscle development, and enhance their overall well-being. Striking this balance is a crucial step towards a thriving, energetic, and vibrant life.

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    The article was originally written and published by Unathi Balele for BONA.

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