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The Pay offs of Protein

What does protein do for you?

Protein is an important component of your body and your diet, serving as a building block for strong muscles and alongside calcium and vitamin D, for strong bones.

Another benefit of yogurt is that foods higher in protein may help to satisfy hunger. Come snack time, many nutritionists recommend integrating foods with protein.

Finding the Right Amount of Protein in Snacks

Looking for snack with protein to help satisfy your hunger? Try new Yoplait Greek which has 14-17 grams of protein in each 6 oz cup and a thick and creamy texture. Six delicious flavors – including Blueberry, Strawberry, Honey Vanilla, Key Lime, Peach and Plain – help make Yoplait Greek a perfect protein-packed snack option. Yoplait Greek yogurts are also an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D, with 40 percent Daily Value of calcium and 20 percent Daily Value of vitamin D.

Protein content in common healthy snacks:

Yoplait Greek yogurt (6 oz) 14-17 g protein
Pretzels (1 oz) 2-3 g protein
Raisins (1 oz) 1 g protein
Granola bars, chewy & crunchy (1 oz) 1-3 g protein
Rice cakes (1 cake) 0-2 g protein

USDA Nutrient Database, Standard Reference Release 24, On-line

Other good or excellent sources of protein include meat, fish, eggs, beans and other dairy products. Be certain to check fat content, since some protein sources may contain a significant amount of fat and saturated fat.

How Much Protein Do You Need?

In general, it's recommended that 10–35% of your daily calories come from protein.

Children ages 1 – 3 13 g protein
Children ages 4 – 8 19 g protein
Children ages 9 – 13 34 g protein
Girls ages 14 – 18 46 g protein
Boys ages 14 – 18 52 g protein
Women ages 19 – 70+ 46 g protein
Men ages 19 – 70+ 56 g protein

CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/basics/protein.html#How much protein
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