Updated: Jul 12
Protein, a building block of life, is hugely responsible for the development and repair to every part of your body.
Protein is repairing the positive muscle damage caused by exercise. It's slowing digestion and leading to fullness. It's regenerating immune cell growth to fight off infection. It's giving you energy. On a constant basis, protein is contributing to keeping you from falling apart!
Just as the macronutrients carbohydrates and fat are necessary for fabulous health, protein is the third macro you cannot live without. And yet, where protein comes from can make or break your wellbeing.
We'll find protein in high quantities in animal foods, in moderate amounts from pulses (dried beans and peas), and small amounts from whole grains. Protein is barely there in vegetables and fruits.
If you choose to get your protein from an animal, consider the fat.
As indicated in the previous short tip: Low Fat or Full Fat? That is the Question., fish is an excellent source for omega-3 fatty acids. Other animal-sourced proteins that are lean, such as poultry and eggs, will have lower saturated fat versus meats and dairy.
Though no matter which animal you choose to eat, maintain a curiosity about what IT ate before it got to your plate! Just as a healthy diet positively changes your physical health, it does the same for an animal.
Barring digestive issues, plant-sourced proteins are excellent for your health, as they contain a concentrated source of vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Pulses (less accurately called legumes) such as lentils, beans and peas.
Tofu, made from soybeans, is also a source of vegetarian protein, but does not contain fiber.
Where do you enjoy getting your protein from? Do you need to make any adjustments in your diet?
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