Kate's Cuisine

Jun 12 2009

Protein

Protein shakes, protein supplements, protein bars, and labels shouting at you from every grocery aisle that this particular product has all the protein you need! Yes indeed, everybody wants protein and no one can seem to get enough. What is it about this vital micronutrient that bodybuilders, athletes, and other fitness freaks are raving about?

Protein is very important as it’s responsible for much of what our bodies do. Muscles, organs, skin, and blood cells are all constructed from protein plus it boosts our immune systems to help defend against sickness. Not only that but it can really kick your metabolism into gear, which is one reason why those who are looking to lose weight love it!

Males over the age of 19 should get at least 56g/day of protein while females over the age of 19 should get at least 46g/day. Because we also need protein for energy, it should constitute between 10% – 35% of our energy source for one day.

Think healthy foods and you’ll most likely soon have a long list of foods that contain protein. Meat, fish, milk products, nuts, seeds, grains, tofu, and legumes are all great sources of protein.

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