How Long Do Proteins Last?

All foods made from meat, poultry, seafood, beans and peas, eggs, processed soy products, nuts, and seeds are considered part of the Protein Food Group. Beans and peas, although listed under proteins, are also included in the vegetable group.

Protein is an important building block for most every part of your body, not just to build muscles. It's used to build and repair tissues and also to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. The body needs some type of protein on a daily basis.

Select a variety of protein foods in your diet to improve nutrient intake and health benefits, including at least 8 ounces of cooked seafood per week. Young children need less, depending on their age and calorie needs. Meat and poultry choices should be lean or low-fat in order to also be considered healthy.

Vegetarian options in the Protein Food Group include beans and peas, processed soy products, and nuts and seeds. Find out how long all of these proteins really last in this section. We'll also talk about how to store your proteins at home in order to achieve the longest shelf possible for items in the protein food group. A balanced, healthy diet includes items for all the food groups and all foods should be stored and used safely. Our goal is to help educate not only food longevity, but also food safety.

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