The building blocks of life are Proteins. The basic structure of life, any life is a cell, which is protein. The need for protein in the diet is not new.
Proteins are needed by young and old alike for maintenance of the body, repairs and regeneration of new tissue. We all know the importance of proteins in the growth and development in children, teens, and pregnant women.
So what are Proteins any why are they important?
Proteins are polymer chains made of amino acids linked together by peptide bonds. The way to assimilate these proteins in a human( or any living being) is digestion, where proteins are broken down in the stomach to smaller polypeptide chains. Since the human body is incapable of synthesising the essential amino acids this is crucial. Lack of essential amino acids can cause protein-energy malnutrition and result in death.
So how do I get my proteins?
Your dietary sources of protein are animal meats, dairy products, fish and eggs and plants.
Yes, plants, animal products are not necessary to get all the protein you need in your diet. You can be vegetarian and or Vegan and get your proteins from grains, legumes and nuts, soy, beans, nut butter.
So be sure to include these in your diet if you are a vegetarian or Vegan: Pinto beans, black beans, kidney beans, lentils, split peas, garbanzo beans, Nuts and seeds, including almonds, hazelnuts, mixed nuts, peanuts, peanut butter, sunflower seeds, or walnuts, tofu, tempeh, and other soy protein products, dairy products like cottage cheese, cheese, curds, milk.
It is important to balance out what you eat through the day and not consume all proteins in one go. Remember your body cannot store protein.
So how much protein does an average person need?
The amount of protein you eat should be 0.8 g of protein per kilo of body weight.
So for an average sedentary man 56 grams and woman 46 grams. (courtesy: Healthline.com)
So this September 2017, join me and my mates we are on a mission of finding protein rich foods and tasty food. Yes, this time our Marathon is a quest for Protein rich food.
Check out my #26 Dishes high in Protein while trying to stay on the theme Simple and Healthy Vegetarian Diet in Old Age.