March 29, 2010

Protein is a Filler

ham cheese and bread for a sandwich

I never really thought of proteins being something that would fill you up.

Keeping the portions low because of the fat content was something that I always heard about and believed was the right way to go for losing weight.

Of course, we all know the bread or carbs are fillers, but the grain benefits they give makes them important.

But after reading an article on the Harvard School of Public Health site, there was a paragraph that caught my eye.

It read:

Cutting back on highly processed carbohydrates and increasing protein improves levels of blood triglycerides and HDL, and so may reduce your chances of having a heart attack, stroke, or other form of cardiovascular disease. It may also make you feel full longer, and stave off hunger pangs."

It makes sense when you think about it, they are more dense foods that require the body to work harder to process them, so you feel fuller over a longer time span.

They also mention to watch what goes along with the protein - the fats.

Fish, poultry, nuts, and beans are the best choices with the lowest fat content.

The beans give a double benefit - they are a veggie, and the fiber content in them is more beneficial than the slice of bread that we usually look to for fiber.

Glad I stumbled across that article - and the link to it is included above for future reference.

1 comment:

  1. Being healthy conscious brings something good to your health. In that way, you'll start to check what are the contents of every food you take.

    Just like avoiding processed carbohydrates and taking more proteins. In this way, you can avoid illnesses like heart attacks and other common sickness of taking processed foods outside.