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February 11, 2014

Dietitian: Spread protein intake to maximize benefits

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Eating too much of any nutrient (carbs, protein or fat) can lead to unwanted weight gain. Restricting your carbohydrate intake is not necessary for weight loss and will be harmful for sports performance.

Remember, protein can be found in many foods besides the traditional meat, fish and eggs. Protein is also in whole grains (the average slice of whole wheat bread has 4 grams protein), diary (8 ounces of milk offers 8 grams protein) and beans (1/2 cup black beans has 8 grams protein). To fuel your day, try to incorporate a source of quality carbohydrate and a source of protein with each meal or snack.

April Graff, MS, RD, LD, is a reg­istered dietitian at both Mankato Hy-Vee stores and can be reached at AGraff@hy-vee.com or call 625-1107 or 625-9070. Send her ques­tions about food and nutrition, recipes, meal planning and healthy shopping.

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