Dr Oz, High Protein Benefits and Risks, How Much Do You Need?

Dr. Oz Talks About The Pros, Cons and Benefits of High Protein Diets

High fat, low fat, high carb, low carb, high protein, no protein??  With so many diets proclaiming that their way is the best way, how do you choose what is right for you?  Today (March 12, 2014) Dr. Oz talks about the pros and cons of high protein diets and if their health benefits outweigh any potential risks.

Is Animal Protein Bad For You?

One particular (hyped?) study proclaimed that animal protein is worse for you than cigarettes.  However, another long term study indicated that protein lowers cholesterol and reduces your risk for heart disease.  The study also indicated that high protein diets can regulate your blood sugar and reduce your risk for diabetes if you eat protein the right times.  Not only that, protein can boost your metabolism and help you to lose weight.

How Much Protein Do You Need

Dr. Oz said that nearly 1/3 of people in this country are protein deficient..  He said that you should be getting more protein as you age, rather than less.  Dr. Oz said that protein is critical for skin, bones, hormones, muscle, tendons, and your organs.
Dr. Oz said that you should have 5 to 6 servings of protein spread out over the course of a day.  The protein servings should be every 2 to 3 hours apart rather than getting all your protein at once.

Serving Size

Dr. Oz said that a protein “serving” should be about the size of the palm of your hand.

Types of Protein

An egg, 3 oz of poultry, fish, steak, nuts, legumes, greek yogurt…  Have your first serving of protein when you get up in the morning.  It will help to boost your metabolism and keep you feeling full.

Tip : Nuts are a great source of protein.  Grab a small handful (1 ounce) as a healthy snack and protein dose…

Nut butter : Dr. Oz said that Nut butters fight heart disease because of the healthy fats that they contain.


Try adding some legumes into your diet as part of your protein sources.  Some examples include black beans, pinto beans, lentils, and chickpeas.  You will get the benefits of protein with the added benefit of fiber.

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