caption Protein may not be as straight-forward as you think. source iStock It’s a misconception that protein can only come from animal products and that vegetarians and vegans will be deficient – plant-based protein sources can be more than adequate. We need nine essential amino acids in our diet – but, contrary to popular belief, they don’t have to come in one food or even one single meal. Protein is sometimes used as a popular buzzword geared toward those trying to lose weight, and while it does help with satiety, too much protein will end up being stored as fat. Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories. The word “protein” gets thrown around a lot by those looking to lose weight, build muscle, cut back on (or increase their intake of) meat, and address general health concerns. But despite the ubiquity of the word, there’s a lot of popular misunderstanding of the role it plays in our diet. INSIDER connected with Helen Mullen, registered dietitian and clinical nutrition supervisor at New York-Presbyterian Hospital to address some common misconceptions about protein from a dietary standpoint. Myth #1: You can only get protein from animals Anyone who’s ever been vegetarian or vegan has… Read full this story
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