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August 04, 2019 - Consumer Reports

A Healthier Way to Get More Protein

A Healthier Way to Get More Protein
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Increase your intake of plant sources. Here's how.

Almost all plant foods have some protein—even fruits and vegetables,” says Dana Hunnes, Ph.D., R.D., senior dietitian at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. “But foods like beans, nuts, and soy are the most concentrated sources.”

Numerous studies have linked diets that swap meat (especially red meat) for plant proteins, such as beans and nuts, with better heart health and an overall lower risk of dying early. A 2019 report in The Lancet found that if plant-based diets became the norm, it could prevent up to 11.6 million deaths per year globally and, the report stressed, help preserve water, soil, and energy resources.

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