The Healthiest Protein-Rich Foods

June 11, 2015

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As protein is one of the main building blocks of any healthy diet, one should make sure they are getting enough of it and that they are choosing the right sources. Though majority of people choose meat as their number 1 source of this crucial nutrient, protein actually comes in a number of different foods and forms.

Knowing exactly which protein-rich foods are best for your body and being able to control and level your fat and cholesterol intake, are the first two steps towards a healthy diet. Let’s take a closer look at some of the recommended protein sources out there.

The Nutritionists Say – Eggs

Though there are many healthy protein sources to choose from including: beans, nuts, fish, and low-fat dairy products (which also provide the much needed calcium), Anne Wolf, RD, a registered dietitian and researcher at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, says that “the eggs are the best source of protein.”

If you are concerned about the notorious fat and bad cholesterol we get from the yolk, Wolf says the healthy protein is available via eating just the egg whites.

Other healthy sources of protein include:

  • low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products
  • whole grains including quinoa
  • lentils, beans like kidney and black beans, and dried peas
  • fish
  • fermented soy products (including tempeh and miso)
  • protein-fortified pastas
  • protein meal replacement bars
  • nuts and nut butters

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