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High-Protein Diets

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Updated March 11, 2014

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High protein diets that contain too much saturated fat can cause increased risk of health problems.

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Definition: High-protein diets recommend getting approximately 30 percent of your calories from protein, rather than the typically-recommended 10 to 15 percent. High-protein diets also restrict carbohydrate consumption and are usually high in fat content.

According to the American Heart Association, some high-protein diets restrict healthful foods and don't provide enough food variety to sufficiently meet nutritional needs. People who follow high-protein diets may have increased potential health risks.

High-protein foods include steak, chicken breasts, eggs and peanut butter. The concern is that eating too much of these foods too often will lead to the consumption of too much saturated fat, which can pose a heart-health risk.

There are a variety of high-protein foods with low saturated fat content that can be used in protein-rich diets.

Examples:
A meal on a high-protein diet may consist of beef, cheese and a few leaves of iceberg lettuce.

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