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Protein: Just the facts

We need protein foods for growth, development and repair.

They also provide you with essential vitamins and minerals like iron and zinc.

These foods can keep you fuller for longer; having these foods in your main meals can help you to snack less.

Protein rich foods

Protein rich foods

Processed meat- like sausages, burgers or chicken nuggets can be high in salt, fat (especially saturated fat) and should only be eaten occasionally.

‘I want to improve my muscles- what about protein powders?’

We all get enough protein from the food we eat; any protein that your body doesn’t use will be removed through your kidneys.

Protein powders are not recommended for young people as your kidneys are still growing and developing. By giving your body more protein, it puts extra strain on your kidneys and can damage them. It’s better to have protein from the food you eat.


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