The Power of Protein | Supplements
Why is everyone going crazy over protein products?
Low-carb diets are popular nowadays, with being the high-protein kind even more attractive to fitness enthusiasts. Dieters are consuming heaps of protein bars in hopes of quick weight loss. Body builders are gulping down protein shakes to build muscle. All the while, these people are shunning pasta and other high-carb foods, at least the ones made from refined carbs.
The enthusiasm and dedication to this product is easy to understand. As I’ve mentioned before, everything vital in our bodies is made of protein. Our eyes, heart, liver, skin, hair, nails, organs, and everything else in our body are all made up of protein; as well as the most well known – muscle. To rebuild and maintain cellular structure of all these things, we need to consume protein.
Protein is made up of amino acids. Some amino acids, our body produces by itself, are called non-essential amino acids. Some amino acids on the other hand, we have to get from our diet, and they are called essential amino acids. We can get these from meat, dairy, whole grains, nuts, and some vegetables, too, as well protein powders.
Protein is a macronutrient, along with fat and carbohydrates. This means that our body needs large amounts of protein on a daily basis. Vitamins and minerals on the other hand, are called micronutrients because our body needs them in small quantities only. Unlike the other macros however, our body does not store protein, so we can’t source it from a natural reservoir when we need a new supply.
Let’s do a recap.
Our body needs protein because everything vital in our bodies is made of protein. Plus, protein is made up of amino acids, some of which cannot be produced by our body so we have to get it from our diet. And then, protein is a macronutrient, which our body needs in large amounts on a daily basis. Finally, our body does not store protein, so we can’t get it naturally or locally when we need a new supply.
These reasons may lead anyone to assume that the best solution is to eat more protein than what’s recommended on a daily basis. The truth is, you can eat less total protein than what you might think. You can however, benefit from getting protein from better food sources. To learn more about how much protein is enough for your daily needs, stay tuned for part 2 of this article.
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