Making Better Dietary Choices with Healthy Proteins
When it comes to good nutrition, protein is often misunderstood. Some people believe that proteins will increase their cholesterol levels and risk of developing heart disease. In reality, it all comes down to the kinds of proteins you pick. The right proteins can be a very important part of a healthy eating plan. In fact, proteins play a central role in the post-bariatric surgery eating plan we recommend to patients at Riverside Community Hospital. Here is your guide to incorporating proteins into your diet the right way.
What Are Proteins?
Protein sources include foods that come from animals, such as beef, poultry, eggs, and seafood, as well as beans, nuts, seeds, and soy products. Foods rich in protein support muscle growth and heart health. Eating proteins can also help you manage your weight.
How Much Protein Should I Eat?
Most people should aim to get between 10 and 35 percent of their daily calories from protein. That breaks down to about 46 grams per day for women and 56 grams for men. It is easy to reach these healthy levels of protein by including a serving per meal. Check nutrition labels to see how much protein is in the foods you’re eating. A three-ounce piece of lean meat provides about 21 grams of protein, while a cup of dry beans has around 16 grams. Some people, like women who are pregnant, athletes, and those who have had bariatric surgery, may need more protein, so always consult with your doctor.
What Proteins Should I Eat?
When choosing proteins, always pick lean cuts of meat and poultry. Broil, bake, or grill instead of frying. Pick low-fat dairy products and beans without added sugars. Avoid processed meats, like cold cuts, that have added sodium.
Discover the power of healthy eating with the help of Riverside Community Hospital. All of our bariatric surgery patients get full nutritional support, and we offer nutrition education to the Riverside community through regular classes and our H2U services. Our hospital has a comprehensive range of services ranging from our heart hospital to robotic surgery and organ transplant. Find out more by calling (951) 788-3000.