Proteins are a kind of building block found in every cell of the body. Your child’s body uses protein to build and repair skin, muscles, and organs. Protein is found in foods such as meats, poultry, fish, beans, soy products, nuts, and seeds. You can tell how much protein is in a food by reading the nutrition facts food label.
The amount of protein your child needs to eat depends on your child’s age, gender, and level of physical activity.
**An ounce in this list is equal to:
As a general rule, your child should get 10% to 35% of total daily calories from protein.
Eating a very high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet may lead to faster weight loss than a balanced diet that includes a variety of foods. However, very high protein diets often lack important nutrients and fiber, and they can be high in unhealthy fats. These diets can also be hard to follow for a long time.
The healthiest weight loss diets include a variety of foods with a focus on low-calorie, less processed, high-fiber foods with low amounts of saturated fat.
It is important to choose carefully which proteins your child eats. Eating too much meat can lead to high cholesterol levels. A high-protein diet can also put a strain on your child’s kidneys.
Here are some ideas for getting enough protein without getting too much fat:
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