What is Protein anyway?



What Is Protein?

In the 2nd part of our nutritional series we discuss one of the three macronutrients your body needs to function properly (along with fats and carbohydrates). They are primarily important for tissue growth and repair, but also necessary for digestion, metabolism, and the production of antibodies to fight infection.

Why do we need them?

Energy source – 4 kcal per gram
Building blocks for muscle growth
Choosing lean sources is important
Lean – Chicken, red meat, eggs, beans, lentils, Quorn, Tofu.

Everyone should aim to consume between 1.4 and 2 grams of protein per kg of body mass. If you are taking part in resistance training, strenuous exercise or are in a calorie deficit, should be looking at the higher end of the scale as it provides a greater degree of satiety (fullness) than any other dieting approach.

For those trying to increase their protein intake having a high protein breakfast can help massively. Gone are the days of diet cereals being the only choice! Easy breakfast go to’s might be eggs (boiled, poached, baked or scrambled), cottage cheese, beans, bacon, sausages, maybe a tuna and cheese toastie, omlettes etc..

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