10 Powerful Protein Sources you Must Know

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Mar 12, 2014

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Protein are known as the building blocks of life. The nutrient breaks down into amino acids that promote cell growth and repair. Meat, eggs and dairy are some of the best sources of protein, find more.
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    Proteins – The Building Blocks of Life

    Every cell in the human body contains protein. The nutrient breaks down into amino acids that promote cell growth and repair. Meat, eggs and dairy are some of the best sources of protein, but you need to wary of the saturated fat and cholesterol in them. You probably know you need to eat protein, but do you know the powerful protein sources? Image courtesy:Getty

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    White Meat, Poultry

    Dark meat is a little higher in fat in comparison to white meat poultry. For excellent lean proteins, prefer the white meat. However, you must remove the skin before cooking as it has a plenty of saturated fat on it. Image courtesy:Getty

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    Seafood

    Low in fat, seafood is an excellent source of protein. Unlike other fishes, salmon has higher amount of fat in it but the abundant presence of omega-3 fatty acids makes it a good option for a healthy heart. Image courtesy:Getty

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    Cottage Cheese

    Cottage cheese, in low-fat version, is one healthy protein source. You can have it as a snack, hide it in dishes or combine with fresh veggies. Image courtesy:Getty

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    Eggs

    Eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, loaded with protein and a range of vitamins/minerals. These are the least expensive protein forms. According to the American Heart Association, a healthy adult can safely enjoy an egg a day. Image courtesy:Getty

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    Beans

    There are many several varieties of beans – black, white, red, green and more – what they all have in common is high amounts of protein. Half-a-cup of beans contain as much protein as an ounce of broiled steak. Moreover, they keep you full for hours. Image courtesy:Getty

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    Soy

    Soy is better than many protein sources as it renders many health benefits in addition to nutrition. It helps you lower cholesterol, maintain a healthy diet and is heart healthy. Foods made from soybeans are some of the highest vegetarian sources of protein. Image courtesy:Getty

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    Leafy Greens

    Vegetables don't have as much protein as eggs, white meat or cheese, but they have a lot of antioxidants and heart-healthy fibre. Moreover, eating a lot of vegetables add up to a good amount of amino acids. Image courtesy:Getty

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    Almonds

    Nuts, particularly almonds, are excellent protein sources. Besides good amounts of proteins, almonds are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fibre. They are associated with a number of health benefits. They also make a healthy and tasty addition to both sweet and savoury dishes. Image courtesy:Getty

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    Peanut Butter

    You can create a crunchy and creamy food delight of peanut butter to give yourself a good dose of protein. Peanut butter is known to aid heart function, promote healthy bowel movements and lower your risk of developing heart disease. Image courtesy:Getty

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    Supplements

    For those who are not getting enough protein from their diets, protein supplements are an option. Most protein supplements come from whey and soy. These also help people trying to build and maintain muscle. Image courtesy:Getty

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