Nutrition of Different Types of Protein (Video)

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Hi. My name is Stella Metsovas, and I make a life and career out of studying, cooking and eating food. Today, we’re going to talk about the different types of protein. We have animal-based proteins and plant-based proteins. In protein, you have amino acids and they’re literally the building blocks of life, without amino acids, we would not be living. So, animal sources actually contain a complete profile of 20 amino acids and plant-based sources of protein contain varying amounts. So, you want to make sure whenever you’re having plant-based proteins that you combine them with, say, example, rice and beans, to make a complete protein. Now, with animal-based proteins, you’re going to get more of a good thing. So, just make sure that whatever animal-based protein you get, try and aim for organic, it is the way to go. My favorite sources include eggs, these are pasteurized eggs, organic chicken, very, very, very good. You have Greek yogurt, you can have any yogurt, but try and be mindful of having a yogurt that does not have any added sugars in it. Beans are a really good source of protein, especially for vegetarians. We have quinoa, superior source of protein for vegetarians. I also love to pair quinoa with a little bit of chicken, bake it together, it’s so good. Lentils are also very high in protein, combine very well with rice and/or beans. My favorite, I call this a supplement in a can, these are sardines. Before you gross out and think, “Ew, sardines,” let me tell you a little bit about the nutrition in sardines. They are super-rich in omega-3 fatty acids and more, importantly, clean-burning protein. Fish is a superior source of protein because you have all these wonderful minerals that are found in the ocean; these minerals really help with your overall health and the amino acids, again, are the building blocks of life. My is Stella Metsovas and, today, we talked about healthy sources of protein.

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