protein diets

Proteins are the primary component of numerous body tissues. They are the main component of muscle tissue. Protein helps muscle development, increases strength, and improves athletic performance.

Proteins also make up the outer layers of hair, nails and skin.

Each gram of protein contains 4 calories.

Function of protein

The most important function of protein is to build up, keep up, and replace the tissues in your body. Your muscles, your organs, and some of your hormones are made up mostly of protein.

Protein also makes antibodies, enzymes, hormones, antibodies, and hemoglobin (responsible for delivering oxygen to your blood cells).

What is protein made of?

Proteins are made up of sequences of amino acids. There are 20 different amino acids. Our body is able to produce 14 of the 20 amino acids. We have to get the remaining amino acids from the foods we eat.

The amino acids that our body is able to produce are called non-essential amino acids. Non-essential does not mean they are unnecessary for the body to function. It simply mean that the body can create it. The amino acids that our body is unable to produce are called essential amino acids, and must be obtained from the diet.

Foods high in protein

Foods considered complete proteins contain high amounts of essential amino acids. They are: meat, fish, poultry, cheese, eggs, and milk. Organic, grass fed (and finished) meat on the bone cooked slowly will be both tender, easy to digest and will provide higher quantities of nutrients than meat that is quickly cooked and difficult to chew.

Incomplete proteins are foods that contain only some essential amino acids. These foods include grains, legumes, and leafy green vegetables.

High protein diets

High-protein diets produce rapid weight loss by stimulating the loss of fluids from the body. This does not mean that eating a diet with high amounts of protein is the best way to lose weight. Excess protein stresses the liver and the kidneys which will be responsible for eliminating the extra protein from the body.

High protein diets can be dangerous if not done properly. Some researchers believe that high protein diets do more harm than good. In some cases, excess protein can increase the risk of ill health. For instance, it can worsen the symptoms of liver and kidney disease.

Do not start a high protein diet without talking to your doctor first.