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Proteins Are Not Highly Overrated – EP McKnight

Proteins Are Not Highly Overrated

It is true, you are what you eat!! Also, it is true, you are what you don’t eat!! Simply stated the body needs proteins like it needs air, water and rest. You treat it well and it will pay you back in dividends, excluding some hereditary situations. All other situations remain in each individual hand and reach. Each must know and give the body what it needs for a healthy survival.

Many years ago before food was mass produced and genetically modified, getting the proper nutrients were a no brained but today the game has changed and each must up their game to ensure the body is fed properly and healthily and certainly not over fed with the wrong nutrients. Once we understand all a bit better, then it all makes sense to do the correct thing as much as possible.

Your body forms thousands of different types of protein and all are crucial to good health. There are 20 amino acids that help form the thousands of different proteins in your body. Proteins do most of their work in the cells and perform various jobs.

Following are nine important functions of protein in your body: growth and maintenance, causes biochemical reactions, performs as a messenger, provides structure, maintains proper PH, balance fluids, bolsters immune health, transports and stores nutrients.

Also, proteins are beneficial for maintaining muscles and bones, supports the immune system, and helps create enzymes and neurotransmitters that the body requires for everyday living. Proteins are found in a variety of foods such as lentils, beans, soy, and nuts along with animal sources such as meat, poultry, eggs, dairy and seafood.

There are nine essential amino acids that the body requires and can only be gotten via animal proteins, unlike most plant proteins for the exceptions of quinoa and soybeans that also have the nine essential amino acids.

Eating a variety of plant foods over the course of the day, you should get enough of the amino acids for the body’s requirement. Plant proteins are high in beneficial nutrients like fiber, antioxidants, photochemical, healthy fats and negligible amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol. For example, almonds are a great source of protein, fiber, vitamin E and a large percentage of your daily needs of magnesium and 9 grams of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Also, note that beans is considered both as a protein and a vegetable.

Proteins from animal sources are comprised of more biologically available forms of zinc and iron. Zinc and iron are our only natural sources of vitamin B12. There are foods that are fortified with vitamin B12. While seafood is the main source omega-3 fatty acids. Saturated fat and cholesterol are a primary to animal protein.

Plant proteins are less digestible than animal proteins and due to its fiber content and may require a higher degree of consumption.

While many may choose not to be a vegan or vegetarian, eating like one periodically could prove beneficial in the long run. Eating a plant based diet sometimes due to it being packed with vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber offer a variety of health-promoting nutrients that will certainly ward off many dis-ease in the body.

Knowing is good, but doing is paramount!!

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