Protein is the new “buzz word” at the moment with so many people asking “how can I increase my protein?” There are protein shakes, protein bars, protein chicken, protein milk….. Huh? Marketing departments caught on quickly and you’ll notice “high protein” on so many products now. Products like dairy and meat are already high protein but having that “high protein” sticker is tricking people into choosing one product over another. Ah the power marketing companies have over us!
So all gimmicks aside, how can I increase my protein intake naturally, in food?
Although dairy is an excellent source of protein, you will see from the list below, there are numerous other sources of protein. Click on the the links to see tons of recipes and tips on how to easily incorporate them into your diet!
- Quinoa, Brown Rice, Corn, Amaranth, Oats
- Lentils, Beans, Green Peas, Chickpeas
- Tofu, Tempeh & Edamame
- Broccoli, Spinach,
- Meat, Fish, Chicken,
- Almonds, Hummus, Nuts & Seeds, Tahini, Nut Butter
Why Do We Need Protein?
Proteins are essential for repair and growth. They play a crucial role in virtually all biological processes in the body. All enzymes are proteins and are vital for the body’s metabolism.
Am I Eating Too Much Protein?
Protein requirements are influenced by age, energy intake, illness, trauma and physical activity. However, be cautious with how much protein you are consuming as it can have a negative impact on your health if you eat too much!
- Too many fatty meats and dairy foods can raise your cholesterol and risk of a heart attack
- Switching carbs for protein robs your body of fiber and critical nutrients
- If you remove all carbs and rely on just protein, the body goes into a state of ketosis, where it starts burning its own fat for fuel. The side effects of this are headaches, irritability, nausea, kidney trouble, and heart palpitations.
What Are The Signs of Protein Deficiency
- Failure to thrive (mainly children)
- Weight loss
- Poor skin and / or nails
- Reduced immunity