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Consumer Reports: Protein Myths That Could Hurt You

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With many people wanting to start the year off by watching their figure, Consumer Reports wanted to clear up any confusion surrounding protein. But they say some commonly-believed things about protein could be hurting your health. So what are they?

Let's sort the the fact from fiction. Here's the first thought: Red meat is your best source of protein. That's not necessarily true.
They say the key is really the essential amino acids the food provides. There are eight amino acids we need, complete proteins like meat, poultry, fish, eggs or cheese contain them all. But you can also get them them by combining foods, like rice and beans.

Here's another common thought: You need protein at every meal. Again, thats not necessarily true. Experts say when you eat it isn't as important as how much you eat. The key is eating protein regularly, so you don't become protein deficient.

And many people say: You can't have too much protein.
That's definitely false. Consumer Reports says too much protein can worsen kidney function in people with kidney disease and can lead to calcium being leached from bones.

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