Protein sources are more than just about protein – choose wisely!

When we eat protein most people just think about the grams of protein or maybe just wanting to have a meal packed with protein. However, it’s important to consider all that comes along with the protein. The complete protein package is important to consider. Consider the fat, fiber, sodium and other items in the protein that you’re eating.
For example, you want a steak and all you’re thinking about is that it has 33 grams worth of protein. However, you need to also consider the cut of meat and how much saturated fat it contains. Small serving size would have about 5 grams of saturated fat. If you are looking at getting a ham steak, a small portion (again, a 4-oz ham steak) will have about 22 grams of protein and it only has 1.6 grams of saturated fat. However, the way it’s cured will pack it with about 1,500 milligrams worth of sodium – that is more than half your daily allowance of sodium. Fatty fish is always a great choice of protein. For example, 4 oz of grilled salmon has about 30 grams of protein. This type of fish is low in sodium and is very low (1 gram) of saturated fat. Also, fatty fish are an excellent source of omega-3 fat, which is really good for your heart and helps prevent inflammation. Another good source of protein are legumes, they are low in fat, are a decent way to consume protein, and there is no saturated fat or sodium.
In addition, you need to determine the source of the protein. I always say to stick with grass fed versus grain fed. The research has shown that when it is grass-fed, you will have more omega-3 fat versus the other types of omega’s that are bad for your heart. Also, stay with natural and organic. Although, these definitions may vary it’s an indication that it is well sourced. Lastly, stay away from protein where the animal has been given steroids or antibiotics to help them stay healthy or grow quickly.
All this doesn’t have to be a mystery. It’s just being educated about what you’re consuming and know what sources to eat and which ones to stay away from. If you have questions, email/text/DM me for more information.