Here’s part 2 of What’s the Best Protein For You? Here are another few factors to consider when choosing your protein.
To get a healthy bang for your buck out of the protein that you eat, consider trying some salmon (or most fatty fish). Salmon is high in astaxanthin which is the pigment that makes it red. Wild caught salmon is particularly high in this as it needs this potent antioxidant to assist in reducing the oxidative damage from the high power output. Lean meats are good low inflammatory sources and plant proteins often have high levels of vital nutrients.
🤤 The Most Satiating
Amino acids signal peptides to be released in the gut which lead to a reduced blood sugar and satiation. Any sort of protein can increase the digestion time, but animal products such as beef, pork and lamb can take upwards of 24 hours, especially when present in a whole meal. Higher fat sources can especially take a longer time to absorb.
There are many options of nutritious protein sources. Liver contains high amounts of vitamins A, B2, B9, B12 and minerals such as iron and copper. Oysters contain plenty of zinc, copper and selenium. Eggs contain vitamin A, B12, B2, B5, B9, D, E choline, iron, iodine and selenium. Red meats are particularly high in iron, potassium, zinc, vitamin B12, CLA and many more.
The way that the price effectiveness of protein is measured is usually the price per gram of protein. Depending on where you live, the best choices tend to be eggs, canned fish, cottage cheese, black beans and lentils. It’s important to note that some lists will indicate that peanut butter is the best, but what these lists don’t take into account is the amount of fat and carbohydrates that go along with it. Peanut butter often has twice as much fat as protein. So keep that in mind!
Now, the most important thing is that you are hitting your daily protein intake, but if you ever want to optimize it, here are a few ideas of proteins that you can implement!