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Protein – Yay? or Nay?

What is protein??? Protein is a macronutrient that is essential to building muscle mass. It is commonly found in animal products, Protein is made up of small compounds called amino acids. There are hundreds of amino acids that exist, but the human body only utilizes 22 of them. There are three macronutrients,  protein, fats and carbohydrates. Macronutrients provide calories, or energy. The body requires large amounts of macronutrients to sustain life.

You need protein in your diet to help your body repair cells and make new ones.

Some interesting facts.

  • Each gram of protein contains 4 calories
  • When protein is broken down in the body it helps to fuel muscle mass.

What does protein do? Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

Sources of protein?

  • Seafood. Seafood is an excellent source of protein because it’s usually low in fat. …
  • White-Meat Poultry. …
  • Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt. …
  • Eggs. …
  • Beans. …
  • Pork Tenderloin. …
  • Soy. …
  • Lean Beef.
  • Steak

 

Meatless Protein sources.

  • Quinoa
  • Chia Seeds
  • Lentils
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Peanut butter
  • Chickpeas
  • Eggs
  • Cottage cheese
  • Whey Protein
  • Anchovis

Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

Do you have protein in your diet?

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One thought on “Protein – Yay? or Nay?

  1. I’ve been using rice protein this last 6 mos. It so much easy on belly digestion.

    When I ran out I saw a whey form with greens mix. So far it pretty easy on belly. Mixed with frozen wild berries (raspberry, blueberry, blackberry) and or flax seed or or banana or mango.

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