Dieting Issues

Kelly Anne Spratt, D.O., Director of Women's Cardiovascular Health at the University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Medical Center, answers your questions.
Vegetable Protein

Q. I keep hearing about vegetable protein. What is it and where is it found?

A. Vegetable proteins are non-animal sources of proteins, which are generally lower in fat than meats. Great sources of vegetable protein include soy, nuts (even peanut butter), beans, and legumes.

Much attention has been given to the "low-carb, high-protein" diets, which seem to be beneficial in terms of maintaining weight and are especially helpful in diabetics. The higher protein helps to give that "full" sensation, and low-carbohydrate diets help lower triglyceride levels and reduce abdominal obesity. The protein sources, however, should be low in fat -- and vegetable protein sources are great options to include in a healthy diet.

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