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Protein Consumption for a Healthy Thanksgiving

Nicole Cutler L.Ac. November 11, 2015

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Learn how pea protein can help to support liver cell regeneration over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Lean Protein

Although Thanksgiving can be associated with over-indulgence of fattening and sugary foods, it doesn’t have to be. The star of the Thanksgiving feast is usually a turkey – a lean protein that is great for the liver (as long as it is the white meat without skin and not drenched in gravy). Turkey breast without the skin is ideal for those with Hepatitis C because it is low in fat, high in protein, filled with B vitamins (which helps the liver break down fats) and rich in selenium (a mineral that helps protect against liver cell damage).

Uric Acid

However, turkey may not be everyone’s first protein choice. Turkey contains purines, which are broken down in the body to form uric acid. Because high uric acid levels can lead to kidney stones or aggravate gout in susceptible individuals, these individuals should limit their consumption of turkey. In addition, vegetarians need to find plant-based sources of protein.

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