Sunday, May 01, 2011
Trying to get more protein in your diet? There are many different types of protein-based foods and nowaday protein even comes in a variety of common snacks as well as breads and cereals. However, the majority of snacks, breads and cereals use soy protein. This can be okay for some in moderation, but it is important to get protein from a variety of sources if possible.
Protein is a major building block for the body and plays a key role in obtaining or keeping lean body mass or muscle tone, supporting exercise recovery, and promoting satiety or fullness with meals which also helps curb cravings and prevent over-eating. Protein can also help mitigate spikes in blood sugar that can occur when consuming meals rich in carbohydrates that lack fiber and/or healthy fats. That’s right, protein is not just for body-builders or super athletes.
Keep in mind that for whatever reason such as lifestyle preference, food sensitivities, medical conditions for which protein intake is limited, etc not every type or quantity of protein is appropriate for everybody. Dietary recommendations should be specific to the needs of the individual and supervised by a qualified professional. That being said, the month of May is dedicated to protein and I will be providing many general ideas to fit a variety of lifestyles and preferences which can help those of you feeling a little "protein-challenged"! Keep an eye out for the next post - Coffee-Drinkers… To learn more about your personal protein needs, contact Dr. Kris today!