Although protein is vital for our health and well, being, eating too much isn’t good for you as the body cannot store the protein it doesn’t immediately need. Instead, the liver converts excess protein into glucose and toxins, which increases your risk of poor health and weight gain.

Meat, fish, poultry, eggs and milk are rich sources of protein but they aren’t the best sources as the liver finds it hard to digest all that fat as well as the antibiotics and other chemicals used in the raising of animal produce. Your body simply has to work a lot harder to digest meat proteins.

It’s  far better to vary your protein sources and get some protein from less well-known sources, such as grains.  Many grains are superb sources of protein, in particular quinoa, which is a more usable protein than meat, but also buckwheat, millet and amaranth, legumes, nuts, seeds, green leafy vegetables and sprouted seeds.

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All soybean products, such as tofu and soymilk, are good sources. If your do eat meat, avoid red meat and go for lean meats, such as turkey and chicken, which have a lower fat content, and oily fish which is rich in essential fatty acids. When choosing dairy products, opt for the low-fat variety so your get the protein but not the fat.     

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Fish : Choose from non-fatty white meat fish, such as carp, cod, haddock, trout or, occasionally, organic or wild salmon. Oily fish are rich in essential fatty acids, and very good for regulating hormone and blood sugar leaves when considering weight management.

 

Nuts and Seeds : Nuts and seeds should be included in your diet regularly. These contain high levels of essential fatty acids (EFAS), or good fats. When you eat these good fats you won’t put on weight they even help you lose excess weight.

Nuts and seeds contain a powerhouse of other nutrients, especially the full profile of amino acids needed to form complete and digestible protein, plus vitamins A, B, C and E and the minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, potassium, selenium and manganese. Sunflower seeds, flax seeds (or linseeds), alfalfa seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, chestnuts, cashews, pecans, brazil nuts and walnuts are particularly beneficial.

 

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Nuts and seeds are so nutrient-dense that you don’t need to eat a lot of them a teaspoon or two a day, or every other day, would more than do. Use them in cooking as garnishes or to flavor a gourmet dish, sprinkle them on your breakfast cereal or simply eat them as an ideal snack by itself. I often soak my raw nuts or seeds in water for several hours. It gives them a lovely texture and consistency and makes them easier to digest. Try soaking your almonds you’ll love it. For a fluffy topping for desserts and puddings, try soaking your almonds you’ll love it. For a fluffy topping for desserts and puddings, try soaking raw cashews for a few hours, then put them in a blender and whip up into a cream.