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THE BEST SOURCES OF HEALTHY PROTEIN

Animal proteins—lean meats, poultry, seafood, eggs, dairy—are considered “complete proteins” because they contain all 9 essential amino acids.  These are the building blocks of protein.  Plant based protein sources—such as lentils, quinoa and nuts—lack some of these amino acids, but you can mix and match (such as brown rice and beans, or peanut butter on whole grain bread) to make a complete protein.  You don’t have to always do this at the same meal.  As longs you eat a variety of plant proteins during the day, your body will build complete proteins.

And getting a mix of plant and animal proteins isn’t just about your protein needs. “It ensures you’re getting a good mix of vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial nutrients,” says Amy Keating, R.D., a CR nutritionist.

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Source:  Consumer Reports on Health,  September 2018