The Presence of Protein

by Eco18

What is a protein?

A protein is a molecule in food that can be broken down into amino acids.

Why do I need it?

Protein is a big deal for your body. Every organ, including your skin, is made up of protein. Your immune system, digestive system and your blood all rely on protein to function properly.

How much of it do I need?

Around 0.8 grams of protein is needed per kilogram of body weight. Our body isn’t the best at storing protein. A lack of it can cause your body to start breaking down muscles in order to produce the protein it needs.

Are there different types?

Of course! There are several types of proteins. So, all of you non-meat eaters, keep your head up.

Meat and Fish

These are the obvious ones. Try sticking to lean meats with less fat. They will contain less saturated fats.

Beans and Nuts

Beans are an essential protein rich food for those who don’t eat meat. Soybeans contain about 40 percent protein and peanuts contain around 25 percent of protein. Add chickpeas or almonds to a salad to bump up the protein without the meat!

Dairy and Eggs

While these won’t be suitable for vegans, it’s perfect for vegetarians. One single egg contains 6 grams of protein. Cook yourself up an omelet for breakfast and drink a tall glass of milk along with it. Your protein and energy levels will be through the roof!

Supplements

Last, but certainly not least, are vitamins and supplements. Even if your diet isn’t lacking protein, taking natural supplements can only benefit. Try searching for something natural and plant based, which offer the protein and added antioxidants!

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