Why is Protein Important?…
As protein is involved within so many essential processes within your body & the fact that so much of your body is made out of protein blocks (amino acids) it is critical that you ingest optimal amounts on a daily basis.
You need protein for:
- Growth (especially important for children, teens, pregnant women & those who train regularly)
- Tissue repair
- Immune function (the second thirty grams of protein you ingest goes directly to your immune system)
- Making essential hormones & enzymes
- Energy when carbohydrate is not available
- Preserving lean muscle mass (this is essential if you want to control your body shape & remain trim & fit for life)
Protein is found in meats, poultry, fish, meat substitutes, cheese, milk, nuts, legumes, & in smaller quantities in starchy foods & vegetables. You can also supplement protein using protein powders.
The Power of Powders…
The most common protein supplement due to it’s bioavailability (easy for your body to assimilate) is whey.
However if you have a dairy intolerance this can cause some people issues. The best whey supplement I have found is Vital Whey. It is hormone, pesticide and preservative free, made from organic grass fed cows milk.
There are also vegan options where the protein from brown rice, pea, cranberry and other plants has been extracted & concentrated.
Protein from animals provides all the essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein) for optimal absorption & application.
Plants do not contain all of the essential amino acids but do contain varying amounts of the eleven non-essential aminos.
So therefore they are important within a balanced diet but in most cases do not provide the full spectrum of amino acids for optimal health to become available.
A total plant based diet will likely leave most people with some deficiencies. That is why both approaches must be applied.
A high protein diet in combination with a high vegetable intake from the majority of your meals is the most effective way to achieve & maintain optimal health & performance.
How Much Should You Eat?…
As a general rule of thumb I suggest:
- Male: Around 3 grams of protein per kg of bodyweight per day
Eg. 80kg man should ingest approximately 240 grams of protein per day.
- Female: Around 2 grams of protein per kg of body weight.
Eg. 50kg women should ingest approximately 100 grams of protein per day
The Bottom Line…
An average sized chicken breast will contain approximately thirty grams of protein. Therefore in the example above, males would need to eat eight chicken breasts per day while the female example would need to eat just over three to get their daily requirements.
As always I strongly suggest you vary your source of energy & nutrients by varying your diet with the many choices of protein available to us all today.
So for example have fish for breakfast, lamb for lunch, chicken for dinner and use turkey or venison as a snack.
Or any varying combination that you prefer…
The choice is yours…
And by eating a high protein diet the world is your oyster – which is handy as oysters are also high in protein & packed with healthy nutrients.
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