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Monday, January 3, 2011

Dietary Proteins

I came across a news story about the increased risk of stroke in women who consumed a lot of red meat. The study team found that those in the top tenth for red meat consumption, who ate at least 102 grams or 3.6 ounces daily, were 42 percent more likely to suffer a stroke due to blocked blood flow in the brain compared to women who ate less than 25 grams (just under an ounce) of red meat daily.

Stroke caused by blockage of an artery that supplies blood to the brain -- also known as "cerebral infarction" -- was the most common type of stroke, representing 78 percent of all strokes in the study. Other types of strokes were due to bleeding in the brain, or unspecified causes. If you want to read the whole story, here is the link: Eating Lots of Red Meat Ups Women's Stroke Risk

I found some links to information on dietary proteins that you should check out if you have any questions about what is the right amount of protein you should consume in your diet. Check out these links from the National Institutes of Health, the Mayo Foundation and the American Heart Association:

How Much Protein Do You Need? (National Institutes of Health)

Beans and Other Legumes: Types and Cooking Tips (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

How meat and poultry fit in your healthy diet (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

High-Protein Diets (American Heart Association)

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