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Ask A Nutritionist: What is High Quality Protein?

By: Kristal Shelden, MPH, RDN

  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021
  • 1 Minute Read   


In this episode of Ask a Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Kristal Shelden, answers the question, “How do I know if I'm eating high quality protein?”

Protein is an essential nutrient required by our bodies for everyday use. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, helping build, maintain and deliver oxygen to our muscles, metabolize other nutrients and support a healthy immune system. Our bodies produce some, but not all, of the amino acids needed to support tissue growth and repair, which is why consuming high quality protein with essential amino acids is so important.  
Tune in to learn more about protein quality, how our bodies absorb and use it, and recommendations on what types of food provide the highest quality of protein from both animal and plant –based sources.  

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Ask a Nutritionist is an educational video series developed by Dairy Council of California and hosted by registered dietitian nutritionists for educational and informational purposes only. It does not provide individualized nutrition advice and is not intended to be a substitute for recommendations made by your doctor, registered dietitian nutritionist or other health professional. Always seek the guidance of your health care professionals for any specific questions you may have regarding your health or medical condition. If you wish to seek clarification,  please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Kristal Shelden, MPH, RDN

Kristal Shelden, MPH, RDN

Kristal Shelden is Dairy Council of CA’s advocacy manager, driving the organization’s thought leadership strategies and communications.

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