Why Do You Need Protein?

From hair to fingernails, protein is a major functional and structural component part of all our cells. Protein provides the body with roughly 10 to 15 percent of its dietary energy, and is needed for growth and repair.

Proteins are large molecules made up of long chains of amino acid subunits.  Some of these amino acids are nutritionally essential as they cannot be made or stored within the body and so must come from foods in our daily diet.

Although all animal and plant cells contain some protein, the amount and quality of this protein can vary widely.

Protein from animal sources has the full range of essential amino acids needed from an adult’s diet.  But red meat in particular, should be eaten in limited amounts due to the high level of saturated fat it contains.

High intake of saturated fat can lead to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and other related disorders.  As an alternative source of animal protein, choose poultry, fish and shell-fish.

Fish is a good source of animal protein.  Oil-rich fish such as salmon, mackerel, herring, tuna, trout and sardines are all rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

Vegetarians rely on plant sources of their daily protein.  Plants don’t contain the full range of essential amino acids and so are not as high in nutritional value as animal protein.  But by eating a well=balanced diet that has a variety of different foods, it’s possible to consume the required amino acids, regardless of the time of day they’re eaten or in what combinations within a meal.

Foods such as nuts, seeds, beans, pulses, vegetable protein foods and soya products all contain protein. There are also small amounts in grains and dairy products.

If you can, choose to eat a low-fat protein foods as these will help to:

Keep your heart healthy

Keep cholesterol low

Minimise the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other related disorders.

Protein/Fat/Saturated Fat guide:

Per 100g                       Protein (g)               Fat (g)                Saturated Fat (g)

Almonds                       21                             55.8                      4.4

Salmon                          20.2                         11                           1.9

Beef (lean)                   23                               9.3                       3.8

Prawns (peeled)       10.5                           7.5                       1.1

Pork (lean)                 21.4                            4.0                      1.4

Eggs (1 medium)      8.1                              7                           2

Chicken Breast         30.1                            4.5                       1.3  (no skin)

Turkey Breast           29.9                            3.2                       1.0  (no skin)

Cod Fillet                    19.4                            0.7                       0.1

Lentils (cooked)      7.6                              0.4                         0.0

If you are concerned that you are not getting enough protein, or not able to assimilate it properly, you may want to supplement with amino acids which are the building blocks essential to the use of protein in the body.

For information on our comprehensive amino acid formula follow this link. http://www.gandginfo.com/en/shop/product_info.php?cPath=424&products_id=600

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