Protein is an essential macro nutrient, that acts as building blocks of different body organs including skin, muscles and hormones. However, all foods containing protein are not created equal.
Here you will learn all the information about protein, protein sources and how to shape your diet accordingly.
Proteins are found throughout the body- virtually all cells in the human body require protein. Protein is composed up of “Amino Acids”, and protein consumed through food is broken down to these amino acids in the body.
Amino acids are involved in a variety of vital processes, such as “creating enzymes, bone matrix and muscle tissues”. Moreover, processes such as tissue repair and tissue growth also rely on the availability of proteins.
Protein helps us to become lean and improves lean body mass. The “thermic effect of feeding” (TEF) of protein is higher than both fats and carbs, that is why more protein in daily diet increases metabolism and results in fat loss. Moreover, protein helps us to achieve the fit-looking physique and maintains leanness.
To your surprise, protein also improves your focus and alertness as it is involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters. Synthesis of Adrenaline, Nor-adrenaline and dopamine also depends on amino acids coming from protein diet. Moreover, bone structure and bone health are also maintained by sufficient protein intake.
As discussed earlier, proteins are required by every cell in the body to function properly. So, consuming the right amount of protein keeps your immune system strong, strengthens heart, lungs and boosts your resistance against depression, stress and anxiety.
Moreover, improving mood, growth and development during childhood, speeding recovery process after exercise are also attributed to protein. However, too much protein can be harmful to people having kidney disease, and/or diabetes.
Now you would be thinking how much of daily protein intake would be required to stay healthy.
According to experts, an average adult must get at least 0.8grams of protein per kilogram of body weight per day. Or in other words, the recommended intake of protein is 7 grams for every 20 pounds of body weight per day.
You can understand it by this example, where a person weight is around 140 pounds, as per recommendations of 0.8 grams per kilograms, that person needs about 50 grams of protein each day.
There are three types of protein foods; complete, incomplete and complementary proteins.
Complete proteins are those proteins containing all essential amino acids, mostly present in animal foods such as eggs, dairy and meat.
Incomplete proteins are those that have at least one essential amino acid in them. This means that all essential amino acids are not present, and there is a lack of balance in proteins.
Plant-based food sources such as grains, beans and peas fall in the category of incomplete proteins. While complementary proteins refer to two or more food sources having incomplete proteins present in them and are combined to supply complete protein. For example, rice and beans consumed together.
Here is a list of high-quality protein sources:
- Dairy: Yogurt, cheese, skim milk
- Fish: Trout, black cod, salmon, sardines etc.
- Tofu and Soy products
- Nuts and Seeds
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