About protein and why you need it

Last week Adrianna shared with you my over all macro composition in this post. Today we will look at one of those macros and why it should take up the majority of your nutrition plan.

Eating protein with every meal will help stabilise your blood sugar levels and keep you feeling full for longer. There is evidence that consuming a moderate amount of high-quality protein (25–35 grams) during each meal stimulates muscle protein synthesis, promotes muscle health, and plays a critical role in preserving lean body mass as we age. Consuming protein at every meal also promotes weight loss making it an essential component of a healthy diet.

Protein Fact 1
From Proteins (Food Power) by Dr Virginia & Robert Silverstein (1992)

Every cell in the body contains protein and it is a part of every tissue, including our organs, muscles and skin. An adequate dietary protein intake is important for building, maintaining and repairing body tissues. Many hormones and enzymes that function to regulate body processes and chemical reactions are made of protein too. Let’s not forget that it also supplies body with energy and that not only how much protein you eat is the key but the type of it as well.

Protein Fact 2.jpg
Laura Larsen, author of Diet & Nutrition Scrapbook

There are complete and incomplete proteins. The quality (completeness) of protein is determined by its amino acid composition. Complete protein comes from animal sources and contains all 9 of the essential amino acids. An incomplete protein is low in one or more of the essential amino acids and is usually a plant-based protein.

So next time you sit down for your meal have a look at what’s on your plate – have you got enough protein?

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