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High Protein Foods & Almonds

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author image Niya McIver
A resident of Atlanta, Niya McIver has recently channeled her nutrition experience into a writing career. For the past year, her articles have appeared in Examiner.com, where she's a consistent nutrition contributor. She studied psychology at Florida State University.
High Protein Foods & Almonds
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Foods high in protein are beneficial to the overall health of your body. Almonds are a popular source of protein, but there are plenty of high protein foods to choose from when developing a healthy diet. Making proteins a part of your regular meals is a major step in maintaining optimal health.

Benefits

The benefits that high protein foods provide for your body are irreplaceable. Protein foods provide you with essential amino acids that cannot be produced by your body. Protein serves as an important and necessary component to the development of bones, muscles, skin, and blood. Your body also counts on protein to build and repair tissues.

Types

In addition to almonds, lean meats are a great source of protein. Chicken breast, turkey breast, sirloin steak and pork are high-protein meats that are easy to include in your diet. Seafood is also a great source of protein. Eggs and low-fat cheese are other options to make protein a regular part of your diet.

Considerations

A diet rich in protein has many health benefits, but there are potential issues to be mindful of when making food choices. Eating an excess of protein can increase the symptoms of liver and kidney disease because the energy required to break down protein puts extra pressure on the kidneys. Maintaining a balanced diet and eating foods in moderation will protect you from any harm high-protein foods may cause.

Effects

High amounts of protein have major effects on your body. Not only does protein provide energy, but an increased intake of protein has been associated with lower blood pressure. Protein intake is also associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. Having a high protein diet can also affect your weight. According to a study by the American Journal of Nutrition, there is evidence that high-protein diets assist in weight loss.

Almonds

Almonds are a great choice for a high-protein snack. Their proteins are highly absorbable, making it easy for the body to process its beneficial nutrients. Almonds also have high levels of amino acids, making them a high quality protein food. They are also the only food that is a good source of protein while also being a good source of vitamin E.

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