Proteins are essential to building, maintaining and replacing the tissue in your body, such as your muscles, organs, and immune system. Proteins also are used to make hemoglobin – which carries oxygen throughout your body.

There are complete proteins and incomplete proteins. The best sources of proteins - or the complete sources - are animal proteins, eggs and milk. Incomplete proteins comprise of nuts, seeds, and legumes (like beans and lentils). The incomplete proteins lack one or more essential amino acids, but it can be made "complete" by adding whole grains.

Examples of Protein

Beef • Chicken • Turkey • Pork • Fish • Venison • Bison • Bean • Lentils• Eggs • Milk* • Cheese, Pasteurized • Nuts** • Seeds** • Peanut Butter/Almond Butter**

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