Dr Oz: Protein Prescription
Through the years, we have heard conflicting health advice from all types of sources in our lives, especially when it comes to hearty foods like steak and eggs. Though we are warned against them, Dr Oz said that his Protein Prescription is based on the evidence that getting plenty of protein helps prevent disease and weight gain.
Despite a new study that claimed animal proteins are worse for you than smoking, Dr Oz thinks there is enough evidence to the contrary that he supports consuming them. He said other data proves they lower your cholesterol and heart disease risks, as well as helping to regulate blood sugar and prevent diabetes. In addition, protein can help you burn fat and keep off unwanted weight.
Dr Oz: Are You Protein Deficient?
Dr Oz said that one in three adults are not getting enough protein in their daily diets. While consuming enough in your 20s may not have a noticeable impact on your health, you need protein even more as you continue to age.
Protein is built into all of our body’s elements and systems, including:
Dr Oz: How Much Protein Should I Eat Daily?
Dr Oz recommended eating five or six servings of protein daily, spread apart every two or three hours. The body cannot absorb your full daily intake in a single meal, so getting some at every meal or snack can keep a constant stream fueling your body.
Dr Oz: Animal Protein Servings
What type of serving should you eat when it comes to animal proteins? Dr Oz suggested that it be about the size of your palm. That would mean:
- One Egg
- 3 oz. Poultry/Fish/Lean Steak
You can have any type of protein whenever you want to in the day. Don’t be shy about salmon for breakfast, as Dr Oz suggested.
Dr Oz: Nut Butter Protein Servings
What is a serving of protein when it comes to nut butter or nuts?
- 1 oz Nuts
- 2 tbsp Nut Butter
Choose a favorite variety of Nut Butter to lower heart disease. Remember that protein calories are better managed by the body than carb calories, so they don’t count as heavily in terms of weight gain, because they are burned off in part as your body breaks them down.
Dr Oz: Beans & Legumes for Protein
How should you incorporate beans and legumes into your protein regimen?
- 1/2 cup Beans or Legumes
Dr Oz suggested everything from black beans and chickpeas to lentils and pinto beans. Pick your favorite and enjoy the added benefits of fiber.
Dr Oz: Greek Yogurt Dairy Protein
When it comes to getting dairy from protein, Dr Oz’s favorite source is something we have heard about on the show many times before.
- 1 cup Greek Yogurt
Try mixing it with fruit and cinnamon to give yourself a dessert-like treat that is rich in protein. Just don’t rely too much on dairy, because of its potential inflammatory properties.