Health experts say to skip on protein shakes and bars

By WEEK Reporter
By NBC News

Health experts say to skip on protein shakes and bars

February 5, 2013 Updated Feb 5, 2013 at 3:30 PM CDT

CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Health experts say that popular protein shakes, drinks and bars are not a good way to get your daily amount of protein.

NBC News reports that 19 percent on new food and beverage products were advertised as being "high protein" in the United States. 

Experts say that shakes and protein bars are often high in sugar and calories.  They recommend that you get your protein through eating real food, getting the same amount of protein and consuming less calories.

Good sources of protein include meat, poultry, fish, legumes (such as dry beans and peas), eggs, milk and tofu.

NBC News' report can be read HERE.

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