They say you are what you eat, and if that's the case, many of us are a sugar-packed, deep-fried, preservative-laden mess.
However, while carbohydrate-rich convenience foods are often loaded with tons of fattening additives that can do damage to virtually every part of your body, loading your diet with the right protein can help you get stronger, leaner, and healthier in no time. In fact, researchers at McMaster University have linked adequate protein consumption to reduced muscle wasting and increased fat loss, while a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology reveals that adequate dietary protein—specifically from animal sources—can actually help keep your bones strong as you age. Unfortunately, when it comes to your preferred protein sources, not all meat is created equal.
If you want to make your body leaner, healthier, and stronger, ditch those greasy burgers and discover the 25 ways to pick the healthiest meat. And when you want to add some additional protein to your menu, enjoy these 45 Sources of Protein You Should Be Eating — But Aren't!