Confusion As Many Food Labels Misleading On Protein

October 1, 2019

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Good news about our diets! We are making healthier choices in our eating habits than we have in our past. Although gradual, a new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) analyzed the diets of 44,000 people and determined that we are eating 3% fewer highly processed foods with added sugars. The study credits public awareness of the health risks associated with high added sugar and low whole grain consumption. Another area we can improve is our knowledge of high protein foods.  Despite the fact that 55% of American households report that high protein is an important factor when buying groceries, we’re confused about what actually constitutes a high-protein food, say another report. For instance, 78% of those polled said peanut butter was higher in protein than it actually is.  Two tablespoons (1oz) of peanut butter contains only 7 grams of protein. 20% of those polled said shrimp was a high-protein food but not cottage choose. While three ounces of cooked shrimp has 20 grams of protein and one cup of cottage cheese has 26 grams. Protein shouldn’t be complicated, but often food manufacturers make it so by splashing “high-protein” across foods that really aren’t. While lean beef, fish, poultry, pork and lamb are good sources of protein, so is Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and oats should be on your shopping list. CLICK HERE for the protein content of some common foods.

SOURCE: Men's Health

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