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What are some low-fat sources of protein?

Protein is an important part of your diet, but some types are better than others. Stay away from full-fat dairy products, egg yolks, fatty meats and cold cuts. Instead, opt for low-fat dairy, egg whites, lean meat, poultry, fish and legumes. Try starting a Meatless Monday tradition with your family and substitute plant protein for animal protein to reduce your fat and cholesterol intake.
Low-fat meat sources of protein include:
  • Chicken white meat or turkey white meat
  • Scale fish or water-packed tuna or salmon
  • Lean cuts of beef and pork, such as sirloin, tenderloin, or extra lean hamburger
Low-fat nonmeat sources of protein include:
  • Low-fat cheeses and cottage cheese
  • Eggs
  • Lentils (dried beans and peas)
  • Soy products like soy milk and tofu
  • Nuts, peanut butter

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