Following the previous post about protein rich foods, this article will consider meat as another product that definitely belongs to high protein foods and how to make the proper choice on the market today. Unfortunately, the meats that we get today are very different from those that our paleolithic ancestors used to digest. Probably the closest you can get to those today is by buying wild boar, rabbit, buffalo, venison or kangaroo. These meats are higher in protein what makes them healthier. More than that, wild meats are also much lower in fat compared to domesticated sorts of meat.
So if we think about meat belonging to high protein foods, we should take into our mind that the ordinary meat that you buy in the supermarket is 6 times as fatty and only about 3 quarters as rich in protein the wild meat. As a matter of fact, all organic red meats like beef and lamb are excellent sources of zinc, a mineral that’s enormously important not only for insulin balance and weight loss but also for skin and the reproductive system. It turns out that free-range and organic meat is far better than factory farmed in every way.
Whatever meat you buy, always choose the leanest cuts you can find. Organic meats are guaranteed to be free of antibiotics, steroids, herbicides and pesticides. One exciting development in some countries such as the United States is that some farmers are beginning to feed their animals on foodstuffs rich in omega-3 fatty acids, so within a few years we may have meat available with a heathier fatty-acid profile than the meats we have today.
Speaking of different kinds of meat as high protein foods, we should note that the same is true about chicken. In some countries you can now buy chickens that are labelled as having been fed with an omega-3-rich fishmeal or flaxseed. The meat and the eggs from these chickens have a much better ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. But it may take some time before this practice is widespread.
Fish is one of the protein rich foods that usually comes to mind first. When buying fish, there are several tips to consider.
First, make sure it’s fresh and as unprocessed as possible. If you really care for your health and best protein delivery, buy only best fresh fish and seafood products instead of processed forms such as smoked fish, crab cakes and breaded fish. Though, there’s no harm in having the odd slice of smoked salmon, especially if it is naturally smoked, but the fact remains the same – the more a fish is processed, the less quality it brings you in terms of protein and health level. Moreover, these days most smoked salmon has sugar added to it.
So always ask the person serving you which fish is the freshest and what days of the week different kinds of fish arrive in the shop. You can tell a lot about the freshness of fish just by its smell and look. Really fresh fish does not smell like fish at all. It smells more like the salty bite of a sea breeze. If it’s a whole fish you are looking at, just pull back its gills – tey should be bright red. If they go pale pink or grey, you should know that the fish has been sitting in the shop too long.
Considering the benefits of protein rich foods, add oily fish to your diet once or twice a week, as it’s rich in pre-formed omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA. This means diat the omega-3s in wild salmon, mackerel, sardines, tuna and herrings can be absorbed by the body without conversion to make it usable. Omega-3 fatty acids are known to reduce the levels of triglycerides in the body. Omega-3 fatty acids also help spur on fat burning and weight loss, as well as lower blood pressure and improve overall heart function.
If you are overweight and insulin-resistant, it is very likely that your body has some difficulty making this conversion, possibly because you have favored omega-6 fatty acids over omega-3. In such a case your ability to handle fats may have become compromised, and fish oil will bring much better results.