Why Protein Is Important In Your Diet

Why Protein Is Important In Your Diet

Proteins are the main building blocks of your body. They’re used to make organs, muscles, tendons, skin, hormones, enzymes, neurotransmitters, and many other molecules.

Proteins are made up of amino acids that form chains to build the above list. Some of these amino acids can be produced by your body, while others need to come from your diet. The ones you can’t produce must come from your food and are called essential amino acids.

If you don’t get enough protein from your diet then your health will suffer over time. The right amount of protein for each person will depend on several factors including age, muscle mass, activity levels, goals, and your current health condition.  

Not just the quantity of protein is important, it’s also about quality. Animal and plant proteins will provide many of the essential amino acids in the right ratio that your body needs. Be sure to consume animal proteins that are grass fed/free range (depending on the animal), no growth hormones, etc. and plant protein sources that are Non-GMO. 

When one of your goals is weight management, then protein will be an important nutrient to keep track of. Protein requires energy to metabolize, and studies suggest that protein can help reduce appetite and increases your metabolism.

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