List of Foods High in Protein
Before we give you a list of foods high in protein let’s first discuss why protein is important for your health.
Why Protein is Important to your Health
Proteins are the essential building blocks that help to build, repair and maintain all of the tissues in your body. This includes your skin, internal organs and muscles. Protein is made up of amino acids. So just think of the amino acids as the building blocks. However, these amino acids cannot be made by our bodies, so they are therefore described as essential amino acids. And since these amino acids cannot be made by our bodies, they must then therefore be added to our diet. Protein also strengthens your immune system.
The best way to understand what proteins are, compare it to fats and carbohydrates. While protein is used to repair your body’s tissue, fats and carbs will provide the energy to do it.
Now let’s go ahead and give you our list of foods high in protein.
List of foods high in protein include the following:
- Fish and Seafood
- Nuts and Seeds
- Lean Meats
- Plant Based Proteins
- Dairy and Eggs
- Legumes e.g. beans and peas
The protein that is most recommended for your diet include plant-based proteins, eggs (and egg whites), chicken breast, turkey breast, wild caught salmon, and to a lesser extent lean beef.
Here is the list and a description of the type of healthy protein you should get.
- Plant based proteins & complete proteins such as organic quinoa
- Nuts and seeds
- Legumes such as beans and peas
- Free-range organic eggs
- Pasture-raised chickens
- Grass-fed beef or poultry
Here are some protein based foods that are not recommended:
Fish – Just about all, if not all fish should be avoided. That is because just about all fish is contaminated with mercury, PCBS and DDT. The only fish that I recommend would be cold water fish, or more specifically, wild caught pacific fish and/or salmon caught in Alaska using American fishing boats.
Dairy Products – There are very few dairy products that are good for you. It is recommended that you only consume raw dairy products. You may also include nonfat or low-fat dairy products in your diet, just as long as it is done in moderation. I would place this in the discretionary (empty) calorie category.
Soy – Most soy plants are genetically modified. So if you do decide to purchase any soy products, then we recommend that they are NON-GMO and organic.
And lastly, considering the fact that a plant-based diet is the healthiest diet in the world, we would be remiss to not include a list of meatless protein sources.
List of Meatless Protein Sources
- Organic and NON-GMO Soy Bean and Soy Products
- Seeds (e.g. pumpkin seeds)
- Wheat Gluten
- Leafy Greens (e.g. spinach)
- Greek Yogurt
- Peanut Butter
- Nuts (e.g. almonds)
So this concludes our list of foods high in protein and list of meatless protein sources.
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