Protein: Are You Getting Enough?
Choosing the Healthiest Sources of Protein continued...
Some studies suggest that plant-based proteins are healthier than those from animals. For instance, researchers studying diet and health in rural China found that low rates of heart disease were associated with consumption of plant-based rather than animal-based protein. In a study of older men in the U.S., protein from beef was more likely than soy-based protein to raise cholesterol levels.
Many of us would do well to tip the balance of our diets away from high-fat meat and toward lean meats and plant-based protein such as beans and nuts. But in the end, most nutritionists agree the healthiest approach is to choose from a variety of protein sources. If you're watching your weight, try including a source of protein with every meal. Doing so can help you feel full longer.