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While pro­tein can be found in both plant and an­i­mal foods, other nu­tri­ents in these sources dif­fer. How­ever, both work equally well to main­tain mus­cle mass, strength, and bone min­eral den­sity, ac­cord­ing to a study of 2,986 men and women be­tween the ages of 19 and 72 by Har­vard Univer­sity and other Bos­ton- area re­searchers. The study, pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Nu­tri­tion, also found that higher in­take of pro­tein in­creases strength and lean mus­cle mass in arms and legs, and noted that vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, and acid­ity of the diet ( an­i­mal- based foods are more acidic) af­fect how pro­tein is uti­lized.

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