Top 10 Protein Foods

Our picks for the best ways to get the protein your body needs

By Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Expert Column

No doubt about it, protein is good for you -- and can even help you shed those unwanted pounds. But (and you knew there was a "but," right?), it's important to eat the right amount and the right kind of protein to get the lifelong weight-loss results you want.

Here are 10 terrific sources of lean protein:

1. Fish

2. Seafood

3. Skinless, white-meat poultry

4. Lean beef (including tenderloin, sirloin, eye of round)

5. Skim or low-fat milk

6. Skim or low-fat yogurt

7. Fat-free or low-fat cheese

8. Eggs

9. Lean pork (tenderloin)

10. Beans

Originally published January 1, 2004.
Medically updated Jan. 20, 2005.

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