Protein is essential for building/developing strong bones and muscles. After water, your body is primarily made up of protein. Protein makes up roughly 50% of bone volume and about 1/3 of our bone mass. Sufficient amounts of protein help fight infections and provide our bodies with energy to get through the day. High protein foods take more time to digest and metabolise, which means you will feel fuller for longer and are also burning more calories. Also, if you are attempting to lose weight, a steady diet of lean protein will help you burn fat and not muscle. Proteins are constantly breaking down in your body. The protein we consume daily is being processed into amino acids within our bodies. These amino acids are then used to replace the broken down proteins in our body. Your daily consumed protein also aids in healthier/strong hair, strong nails and muscle recovery/growth. The current recommended daily allowance of protein is .08 grams per kilogram, however people who work out and exercise should consume 1-1.2 grams per pound of body-weight. Just keep in mind it is important that you eat a well-rounded diet that includes complex carbohydrates, produce, protein and healthy fats.
Foods that contain protein include:
- Red Meat
- PSN Diet Whey
Fun fact: The word protein was conceived by a Dutch chemist in 1838 and comes form the Greek word “protos” which means “of prime importance.”