High-protein diet crucial for healthy aging.
More than 700,000 times a month someone Googles the phrases “high protein” or “high protein diet”. It’s become accepted that slashing carbs and eating a lot of protein (from meat with fat included!) is a smart way to lose weight and get healthy.
That makes it difficult to discover the truth about the role of protein in a healthy diet. The basic facts are pretty straightforward:
* Protein is essential for your body to build hormones, enzymes, antibodies–and every cell.
* Protein is a great “I’m full and I’m not getting hungry anytime soon” nutrient. New research shows that when you eat protein-rich foods, you set off a chemical reaction that doubles back through the gut and nervous system to tell the brain you’re food-satisfied long after you eat.
*After age 40 your body has to work harder to maintain muscle mass, so it’s important to make sure you get enough muscle-building protein in a steady supply throughout the day. Our recommendation: Aim for a minimum of 46-56 grams of protein per day. Work out three days a week and weigh around 150? Go for 75 grams.
*And most important:
Protein doesn’t mean saturated fat!
Stay clear of all red meats. Opt for fish and lean poultry if you aren’t vegetarian. But everyone should rely on lean, protein-packing beans, humus, low-fat dairy, 100 per cent whole grains, soy foods and egg whites,
~Source: Drs.Oz & Roizen – Health Tips from Mehmet Oz. M.D. & Michael Roizen, M.D.