Protein is a vital source of energy and new research suggests nitrites can help Canadians power through their on-the-go lifestyles
TORONTO, July 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Summer is in full swing and families and people from coast-to-coast are gearing up to take advantage of the beautiful weather by heading outdoors and getting active.
To help keep energy levels at a maximum, a balanced diet including lean proteins, healthy fats and whole carbohydrates are key to sustaining energy and enjoying the long days of summer. High quality proteins are an essential part of powering through busy days with sustained energy.
"High quality proteins have the right balance of essential amino acids to power your muscles throughout the day," says Hélène Charlebois, Registered Dietitian. "Protein is a macronutrient, an important source of energy and nutrition that helps people of all ages get through an active day, keep their energy levels up and stay fuller, longer."
Foods with high quality protein include meat and poultry, including prepared meats, also referred to as deli meats, cold cuts or lunch meats, as well as eggs, fish and dairy products.
"Prepared meats are a good quality protein and make a great choice for an on-the-go, ready to eat meal or snack when paired with whole grains and seasonal fruits and vegetables," says Charlebois. "There are often misconceptions about nitrites in prepared meats. Families can rest assured that nitrites used in prepared meats are essential for food safety, and new research suggests that nitrites have important health benefits, including improving cardiovascular performance."
The new research indicates that nitrates, once converted to nitrites and nitric oxide in the body, act as a vasodilator (help to manage better blood flow) which can improve cardiovascular performance, regulate blood pressure and maximize athletic performance among many benefits. Learn more about the health properties of nitrites by visiting: www.knowyournitrites.com.
Did you know:
- Nitrites and nitrates are naturally-occurring molecules that are everywhere in our environment
- Green leafy vegetables, beets, celery and radishes contain the highest levels of nitrites
- Choosing foods like celery, beets and spinach can help increase your overall cardiovascular health and reduce your blood pressure as recent studies have shown: www.knowyournitrites.com/fresh-perspective
- When storing, packing or cooking protein-rich meats, remember to always check the labels for best before dates. As a general rule of thumb, prepared meats (deli meats, cold cuts and lunch meats), kept under proper refrigeration, should be consumed within three to five days of opening.
About the Canadian Meat Council
The Canadian Meat Council has been representing Canada's federally inspected meat processing industry since 1919.
For further information: Emily McCullough, Veritas Communications, 416-955-4570, [email protected]