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How Much Protein Do You Really Need?
Most of us have been brought up to believe that we need animal protein with every meal. In fact, we tend to eat far more protein than our bodies really need to maintain a healthy diet. Plus, many Americans choose high-fat meats such as ground beef, bacon, and sausage instead of lean protein.
The American Heart Association suggests “When choosing protein, opt for low-fat options, such as lean meats, skim milk or other foods with high levels of protein. Legumes, for example, can pack about 16 grams of protein per cup and are a low-fat and inexpensive alternative to meat.”
The USDA has a tool that was developed by the Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. This tool can help you determine what your specific daily protein intake should be, and it tells you what your other daily nutrients intake is as well.
Once you determine your specific daily needs you can work towards a eating a healthier diet that includes the right amount of protein. Click here to find out your daily dietary needs.