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Protein - it is
one of the 3 major categories of nutrients we consume on a daily basis, the others being carbohydrates and
fats. But what is so significant about having the right amounts and types of
protein in our diet? Protein is made up of 20 amino acids, 9 of which are essential and can only be
gotten by consumption. That means the other 11 can be produced by the body. Proteins are the
of muscle and, therefore, strength. Muscle is primarily comprised of protein and water, hence another important reason to stay well hydrated.
Protein plays an important role in many functions of the human body. It helps your
immune system by creating antibodies to ward off disease. It helps muscles repair and
grow. But not just muscle, it is a component of every cell in your body. Although protein can be used
as a source of energy, it is best to consume carbohydrates for this purpose, so that protein can be reserved
for other functions.
Protein from animals are complete in that they contain all 20 amino acids. Sources would include meat, fish and
dairy products. Other sources of protein include legumes (like beans and lentils) and grains, seeds, nuts and
vegetables. For vegetarians, it is important to combine legumes with at least 2 plant sources in order to get
complete protein. This is why it is more of a challenge for vegetarians to acquire the necessary amounts and types
Another excellent method of supplementing your protein needs is by consuming protein shakes as a meal replacement
and bars as snacks. Again, this is especially important for active vegetarians.