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Protein: Fact or Fiction?

As a health-centered business, you’ve know about the importance of a balanced diet in addition to proper exercise and supplements. In regard to this article, a balanced diet pertains to understanding portion size and the recommended daily intake of different food groups. Despite the ever-changing food pyramid and differing expert opinions, one crucial food group continues to be protein, which you most likely emphasize to your patrons. Sharing the right information about protein improves your perceived authority and client retention.

Protein typically hovers around the middle of the food pyramid, indicating a moderate daily intake. In a typical day, proteins make the foundation of many meals (meat, eggs, etc.), leading some people to eat beyond the recommended amount. Does that have negative consequences? Are there good and bad types of protein?

Refresh your knowledge of protein with these fact or fiction statements that your clients may ask you to verify:

    • Athletes need more protein than the average person. FACT. Repairing and rebuilding muscles requires protein. The more repair needed, the more protein needed.
    • Protein is only necessary if you are an athlete. FICTION. This statement usually follows the first. But protein does more than just repair and build muscle. It also provides energy, repairs bone, builds cells, and helps the immune system.
    • Protein should be your main source of calories. FICTION. Protein should account for between 10-35% of your daily calories. If you are consuming more protein, you might not be getting the optimal amount of calories from other important groups.
    • Men require more protein than women. FACT. The amount of protein a body needs to function at its best differs by individual, based on factors like sex, age, weight, and daily activity. In general, guys need more protein (because their bodies are larger). On average, women should aim for 46g per day, whereas men should consume 56g.
    • Beef is the best source of protein. FICTION. While it’s true that 3 oz of beef packs more protein than a cup of milk or one large egg, it’s not the best protein source and it certainly shouldn’t be the only source. Meats tend to be high in saturated fat, leading to higher cholesterol and heart disease. If you eat red meat as your source of protein, choose lean cuts and limit your portion to no more than 18 oz total per week. That’s less than 3 oz per day on average.
    • Protein improves weight loss. FACT. Protein moves more slowly through your digestive system, helping you feel full longer. Processing protein also burns more calories than digesting carbs, and it helps keep your blood sugar level steady. Despite these benefits, the effects of a long-term high-protein diet are still unknown.

 

 

The facts surrounding protein go far beyond these basics, but this provides a solid foundation on which your clients’ knowledge can grow. Consider creating an informational packet or flyer for each food group, including common myths and helpful facts like these. And if the ultimate goal of your clients is weight loss, direct them to incorporate products with CardiaSlim® into their diet and exercise routine. CardiaSlim® is an herbal blend with cardiovascular as well as weight loss benefits.

For more information on CardiaSlim®, contact Interhealth: 1-800-783-4636 or info@interhealthusa.com.

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