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March 11, 2019 • Healthy Eating & Nutrition, Healthy Living

The Very Best Proteins for Health

The right proteins are a powerful ally in your pursuit of optimal health and my standard advice for making the best protein choices just got a big boost on the healthy heart front.  After following the diets of over 84,000 women for 26 years, Harvard investigators determined that eating red meat and full-fat dairy products increased the risk of getting heart disease, while eating more poultry, fish and nuts decreased the risk.  (Circulation, Aug 2010)

Assortment of healthy protein source and body building food. Meat beef salmon shrimp chicken eggs dairy products milk cheese yogurt beans quinoa nuts oat meal. Copy space background

Specifically, investigators found that women who substituted a serving of any of the following proteins for a daily serving of red meat could expect the following reduced risk of heart disease:

Nuts – 30% lower
Fish – 24% lower
Poultry – 19% lower
Low-fat dairy – 13% lower

I recommend that all adults limit red meat to 2 servings or less a week and to be especially vigilant in restricting processed red meat.



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