Protein is a crucial macronutrient everyone needs in their diets. Proteins are the building block of life - every cell in in the human body consists of protein. Protein is needed in the diet to repair cells and make new ones.
Protein is also a key nutrients when trying to maximise muscle and minimise fat. However, in this article, we hope to educate you that not all protein is quaul. For example, both chicken and salmon are great protein sources, however, salmon has abundant amounts of healthy fats which leaves it mucher higher in calories.
However, keep in mind, if you are building lean muscle mass, you need a healthy amount of calories! So consuming a fattier type of protein, is not always a bad thing. Although, you must be aware of the different types of healthy fat. For example, trans and saturated fats can increase inflammation and slow you down.
The more knowledgable you become about different protein sources, the smarter you can become with your diet choices.
Here are some tips for choosing the best cuts of protein...
CHOOSE CHICKEN BREAST OVER CHICKEN THIGHS
Any meat from the chicken breast is very lean. The darker the meat from the chicken, for example, wings and thighs, contain much more fat. Therefore, go for the breast.
AVOID EATING PROTEIN SKIN
Yes, we know the skin is the most delicious part, however, it is full of oils and grease. For those that are calorie concious, you may want to avoid the skin. However, for those that can afford or want the fats, the skin is actually contains good fats - monosaturated. These fats can help reduce bad cholestoral and raise good cholestoral within the body.
LOOK FOR LOIN
If you are ever in doubt about which the leanest cut of the protein, look for loin. Meat cuts such a sirloin or tenerloin are one of the lowest fat cuts of meat you can get.
If you are looking or a vegetarian or plant based protein, there are many to choose from. The top low fat and nutritious plant based sources are:
- Plant based protein powders
- Grain Quinoa
THE LESS LEGS THE ANIMAL HAS, THE LEANER THE PROTEIN
This is not always the case but a general rule you can follow.
Just understand it this way...
Plant proteins, no legs - VERY LEAN
Fish, have fins, no legs - VERY LEAN
Poulty has legs - LEAN
Cows and Pigs have 4 legs - LESS LEAN
However, as mentioned, this may not always be the case, prawns have ten legs and octopuses have eight - they are both very lean proteins.
Another example are deer and bison which have four legs yes, however are much leaner than their cousins bovine and porcine.
Although not always being correct, we hope this can be somewhat of a guide.
Just keep in mind... yes you can choose the leanest cuts of protein to ensure you remain calorie concious. However, to ensure they remain lean, they must be cooked in the the right way.
Ensure you avoid cooking methods such as frying them in batter or oil. Use low fat cooking methods such as grilling, roasting, broiling, steaming, or sautéing.
We hope you have now understood protein types and cuts that little bet better. Happy healthy eating folks!
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