What You Must Know About Protein

Protein does much more than assist with weight-loss. It is pertinent to your health, because it has many benefits.

Protein consists of various amino acids, and nine of them are essential for a healthy body and mind.

Even though protein is necessary to build muscle, it is also the basis of skin, hair, ligaments and collagen. Protein sources, in the diet are essential for healthy hormone production, transportation of vitamins, correct fluid balance and oxygen and minerals throughout the body. It is also necessary for a healthy immune system and anti-body production.

Protein And Weight-loss

Protein gives a full feeling, which satisfies hunger while reducing the need to eat more. As well, foods high in protein have a low glycemic index, meaning that they have a minimal effect on insulin and blood-glucose levels.

However, a diet only containing protein lacks vital vitamins, minerals and nutrients.

How Much Protein Is Necessary?

It is recommended to have between 0.7 to 1.7 grams per kilogram of body weight, but this depends on activity levels and pregnancy.Protein is found in rice, multigrain bread, quinoa, poultry, meat, seeds, beans, dairy, and meat.

Vegetarians And Protein

Vegetarians have the highest health risks due to the complications linked to low protein intake, basically because animal products have the largest amounts.

Plant sources of protein – rice, quinoa, chickpeas, seeds, lentils, and nuts – are incomplete because they don’t have all the nine amino acids.

Vegetarians need to mix plant sources, such as legumes, seeds and rice. Soybeans are the only plant-based protein source, because they have all nine essential amino acids.

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2 Responses to “What You Must Know About Protein”

  1. Catherine
    February 16, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    I didn’t know that protein made you feel full. I always thought it was grains like oatmeal and stuff like that. I guess you learn a little something every day. Thanks.

  2. Ana
    February 16, 2015 at 5:25 pm #

    I always thought that all proteins were alike. I didn’t know that vegetarian proteins were different. What should we do then to get the amino acids that you are talking about?

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