4 Reasons Why You Should Eat Enough Protein

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There are many reasons why eating enough protein is vital for optimum health – 4 of the most important are below

  • It is a component of every cell in your body. In fact, hair and nails are mostly made of protein.
  • Your body uses it to build and repair tissue.
  • You need it to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.
  • It is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

 

Protein is a “macronutrient,” (so are Fat, and Carbohydrates), which means that you need quite large amounts of it to stay healthy. Vitamins and minerals, are “micronutrients”, meaning you only need very small quantities.

However, as far as Macronutrients are concerned, unlike carbohydrates and fat, your body does not store protein, so it has nothing to draw from when you’re running low.  Protein bars and shakes are a great way to supplement your diet to ensure you’re getting the right amount of protein.

Benefits of a Protein-Enriched Diet

Consuming high-protein foods has many benefits, including:

  • Speeding recovery after exercise
  • Reducing muscle loss
  • Building lean muscle
  • Helping you maintain a healthy weight
  • Curbing hunger

Different Forms of Protein

Protein comes from a variety of sources, including meat, milk, fish, soy, and eggs, as well beans, legumes, and nut butters. When proteins are digested, they leave behind amino acids, which the human body needs to break down food.

Whey, a high quality protein source naturally found in milk, is a complete protein and contains all of the amino acids your body needs.  In general, proteins derived from animal sources (i.e. milk, eggs & meat) are complete, but your body’s ability to use the protein varies.

However, some people are allergic to nuts or soy, milk or eggs.

In which case – there is a new alternative. Insect protein. Dried meal worms can contain as much as 53% protein according to mealwormcare.org – and you can’t get much higher than that (beef is typically 25%).

And mealworm flour is a bit like quorn – it tastes like whatever you put it with – so try it!

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