The biggest myth is that protein only comes only from meat. However, broccoli has almost as many grams of protein per calorie as steak.
The best source of animal protein is organic or with equivalent standards.
What are the best recommendations to follow?
Consume, in moderation, grass-fed beef. Feedlot beef has 600% the amount of saturated fat as grass-fed beef. Other benefits include:
- Improved levels of essential fats
- Increased blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids
- Decreased pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids
- Lower risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, depression and inflammatory disease
Saturated fat in conventional farm-raised animals is filled with the growth hormones (so they get bigger faster), and antibiotics (so the farm can grow more animals in a smaller area). Those hormones and antibiotics then end up in your fat tissue too, which slows your metabolism.
Place more value on plant-based proteins sources! Beans and legumes help you reach your daily fiber requirements and provide valuable phyto-nutrients. Most of the world is basically vegetarian and generally has little trouble meeting their protein requirements.
14 Great Sources of Protein:
- Almonds are a strong anti-inflammatory and good source for healthy fats, fiber and protein.
- Spirulina is one of the great superfoods. It is approximately 65-71 percent complete protein in its natural state, higher than virtually any other unprocessed food
- Wild Fish contains desirable omega-3, be sure to find fresh wild fish if you consume on a regular basis.
- Quinoa is a “complete protein” pseudo-grain, easy to cook and tastes great!
- Cage Free Eggs are a rich source of thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, folic acids, vitamin B12, biotin, vitamin D, vitamin E and phosphorus. Buy whole organic eggs.
- Hemp Seeds contain about 30% of protein and are hypoallergenic.
- Chia Seeds offer complete protein that are mildy inflammatory, easy to digest and easy to cook with. Chia seeds are also a good source of calcium, phosphorus, manganese and dietary fiber.
- Whey powder is the second most abundant protein derived from milk. Whey contains all of the essential amino acids, high in leucine, isoleucine and valine, glutamine (immune boosting amino acid). Be sure it’s grass fed, organic and hormone free.
- Lentils are a great source of amino acids, healthy carbs and filing fiber.
- Organic Chicken contains all of the essential amino acids, be sure to choose chickens that were raised in humane conditions, fed a nutrient dense diet and cage-free when possible.
- Cottage Cheese and Greek Yogurt can be a good addition to a balanced diet, both low in sugar, contain a good amount of protein and healthy fats.
- Tempeh is made out of fermented soy and can be a great source of clean protein.
- Grass-fed beef is loaded with zinc, iron and all the amino acids as well.
- Pea and Rice Protein Powder is a powerful protein concentrate, that is hypoallergenic and easily digested.