What’s the fuss?
We get 3 macronutrients (nutrients we use in large amounts) through the foods we eat:
While we can store carbs and fats, our bodies don't store proteins.
When we consume protein foods, our body breaks the protein down into amino acids, often referred to as the "building blocks of life".
These amino acids are then used to build new things.
While our body can make some amino acids itself, others MUST come from our diet (essential amino acids).
Our bodies are constantly breaking down and rebuilding new proteins.
Proteins replace worn out cells, make new cells, and maintain tissues (like repairing muscle tissue after a hard workout).
Proteins are found in hair, skin, nails, muscles, bones, cartilage, red blood cells, enzymes, hormones, antibodies, and are needed for nearly all cellular tasks in the body.
Simply put - without adequate protein intake, our body can't function well.
Adequate protein intake supports metabolism, immune function, blood sugar control, satiety, a healthy weight, & athletic performance.
The more active you are, the more protein your body requires.
Since our bodies don't store proteins and proteins are constantly being broken down and built in the body, we need to continually replenish protein.
This is best done by consuming moderate amounts of protein at regular intervals.
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