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Protein is a nutrient essential to human life. It is part of what forms the building blocks of basically all the tissues that make up our body. It is found in our hair, muscles, bone, organs, skin and every other tissue in between. Protein also helps to repair and maintain the body’s tissues and structures.
Proteins are made up of amino acids and we humans need twenty two different types of amino acids in order for our bodies to function properly. Our bodies produce all these amino acids with the exception of nine, and those ones are called essential amino acids; they are very important for our bodies.
In order to get those amino acids, we have to source it through food that contains protein. We have two types of protein containing foods; complete protein and incomplete protein.
A complete protein contains all the nine essential amino acids, and is found in animal products such as red meat, fish, eggs, milk and chicken. Plant protein sources such as grains, legumes and nuts are almost always incomplete with a few exceptions. As a result, conventional knowledge recommends we get most of our protein from animal sources. We feed our children milk and eggs from infancy and we strive hard and spend more money to make sure there is at least one type of animal served on our plates every day. Everywhere we go; there is the push to eat more protein, but is that much protein really healthy for us?
Whenever we consume protein whether plant based or animal based, we consume the entirety of the food. This includes the vitamins, minerals, the carbohydrates, the fibre, the fats and whatever else is contained in that food. The fact that a food is high in protein doesn’t … Read More...