The CSIRO has found protein has significant long-term health benefits in a new book detailing the nutritional value associated with protein, as well as how to incorporate it effectively into your diet.

The findings

New research from the CSIRO has found increasing protein in diets can more often aid in losing weight and slowing down the ageing process.

“When you have a good amount of protein in a meal you feel less hungry later on and it can really also curb those cravings,” CSIRO research scientist, Dr Jane Bowen said.

The CSIRO has developed a new nutrition and exercise plan to encourage people to include the important nutrient in all main meals.

‘Protein Plus,’ the latest nutrition and exercise book released by the CSIRO advises a diet of yoghurt, nuts, legumes and lean meat.

When combined with resistance exercises, researchers believe eating more protein, more often, can help people lose weight and stay active later in life.

What does this mean?

“The idea is that protein should be spread nice and evenly throughout the day but it’s certainly not telling us not to eat other food groups as well so it’s quite an inclusive diet,” dietician Themis Chryssidis said.

What foods contain protein?

  • Lean meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products like milk, yoghurt and cheese
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Beans and legumes (such as lentils and chickpeas)
  • Soy products like tofu.

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