Protein is a hot topic right now, and rightly so. It provides the building blocks to repair our muscles and to make our hormones and antibodies.
So what are the best food sources for protein?
A common mistake people make is eating foods that contain a high level of protein without considering the levels of fat they include.
For example, compare both the beef mince and the salmon below. For every 100g, the beef mince has 14g of protein, but 30g of fat, and 11g of saturated fat. The salmon on the other hand, has even more protein at 20g per 100g, but only 13g of fat, and just 3.1g of saturated fat.
You can find out the nutrients of any food this way if you type in Google the food you are searching for and the word ‘nutrients’.
This is not to say there is anything wrong with consuming fat. It is an essential macro nutrient that we need to survive and thrive. But if you’re on an exercise plan, trying to lose weight or gain muscle, it’s important to control the the amounts of fat in your diet.
Managing and controlling your fat intake can get you to where you want to be quicker.
If you choose reduced fat protein options such as fish and white meats such as chicken over red meat which has added fat content, it should help you reach your goals sooner.
If you do get beef mince, it’s always handy to pick the lower fat content ones, such as 5% or 10% fat. It should say this on the packet. This will have the added benefit of the protein but with less fat.
I hope this has been useful. It certainly opened my eyes when I learnt about it as it wasn’t something that I had really considered before.