How to Eat Less Beef and Still Get Plenty of Protein

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One large hard-boiled egg (50 grams) contains 80 calories, six grams of protein, two grams of saturated fat, and 185 milligrams of cholesterol. Compare that to four slices of bacon with 180 calories, 12 grams of protein, five grams of saturated fat, 35 milligrams of cholesterol, and 710 milligrams of sodium. Keep in mind, however, that eggs are high in cholesterol. If your doctor told you to watch your cholesterol levels, stick to about one egg per day.

If you don’t need to worry about those levels, you’re in luck: The body absorbs protein from eggs more effectively than any other food — about 20 percent better than beef or beans. One egg yolk offers nearly half of the daily-recommended amount of choline, an essential nutrient — 55 percent more than what you get from beef and twice as much as chicken.

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