Proteins: the basics.

When it comes to having proper nutrition throughout the day, we have talked about the importance of having each meal consist of the three main macronutrients: protein, fats, and carbohydrates.   We have discussed carbohydrates in previous BLOGS, and will continue to come back to them, but today we will be talking bout proteins.  Proteins are essential for muscle growth and development, and can also aide in the fat loss process.  Proteins are found in many different sources of food;  they are found in meats, fish, dairy, and can even be found in many different types of plants.  Protein powders are very popular in today’s health industry and we will look at those as an option for our nutrition plan also.  Because proteins are such an important part of our daily nutrition, it is essential that we are getting the proper amount each day in order to support our health goals.  Because protein does come form different sources, it is also important to get our protein from the right type of foods.  The reason the food source is important is because some food sources are not “complete” proteins.  What that means is, they are missing certain “Amino Acids” within that food source.  There are 9 essential amino acids that determine if a protein is complete.   We will certainly get into all this in later posts.  There are so many different factors that go into what protein source we should be consuming, this topic will be a lengthy one.  I am excited to get into this topic because proteins are such an integral part of our daily nutrition plan.  So, don’t go anywhere, we will be back to this topic tomorrow.


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