Harvard Heart Letter

Protein sources that are best for your heart

Fiber-rich and low in fat, beans are one of the best sources of heart-healthy protein.
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The types of fat and other nutrients found in plant- and animal-based protein foods should guide your choices.

It's often said that most Americans eat too much protein, but is that really true? A report in the June 2015 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition estimates that the average person gets about 16% of his or her daily calories from protein. That's actually on the lower end of the range suggested by the Institute of Medicine, which is 10% to 35% of calories.

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