Protein is an important part of every diet and is found in many different foods. Lean protein, the best kind, can be found in fish, skinless chicken and turkey, pork tenderloin and certain cuts of beef, like the top round. Low-fat dairy products like milk, yogurt, ricotta and other cheeses supply both protein and calcium.
- Protein is crucial for tissue repair, building and preserving muscle, and making important enzymes and hormones.
- Lean meats and dairy contribute valuable minerals like calcium, iron, selenium and zinc.
- These are not only essential for building bones, and forming and maintaining nerve function, but also for fighting cancer, forming blood cells and keeping immune systems robust.