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How to Get Protein in Vegetables

When people think of protein, many of them think of meat. Keep in mind that meat is just one source of protein. Nearly all vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds contain some, and often much, protein. Just be sure your intake of these is sufficient to help ensure an adequate protein intake.

You probably don't know what glutamic acid is, but it could help with lowering your blood pressure. A new study shows that an amino acid known as glutamic acid ( glutamic acid was the most common amino acid found in the study ), which is found in greater amounts in vegetable protein, is associated with lower blood pressure.

How Much Protein Is Too Much?
If you eat more calories than your body needs, you will gain weight. It doesn’t matter if the calories are protein, carbohydrates, or fat. Some Americans are obsessed with protein. Start out with a reasonable amount of food.

How much protein do we need? The RDA recommends that we take in 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram that we weigh (or about 0.36 grams of protein per pound that we weigh). This recommendation includes a generous safety factor for most people.

Muscle-building requires protein! Athletes and those who are just starting to do muscle building exercises routinely need more protein.

Persons with insulin resistance often also have problems with cholesterol and heart disease. So it is wise to eat “heart friendly” foods, to lower their blood pressure.

Some health conditions require a limit on the amount of protein eaten. The most common is kidney disease. Be sure to consult your physician about your protein food intake if you have such a condition.

Add a wide variety of vegetables to your diet each day. This will ensure that you get all the amino acids needed for health.

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