Attention all women, don’t be fooled into thinking protein is just for bodybuilders. Go Vita discovers a high protein diet can be beneficial for your energy levels and waistline too, some Fitness And Sports Nutrition for Women.
Protein is the most abundant constituent in the human body besides water. It is largely responsible for the structure of body cells and is essential for growth and development. Amongst other functions, it makes up the structure of your hair, nails, muscles, tendons and ligaments, and is required for hormonal and enzymatic function. The recommended intake of protein is between 0.7 to 1.7 grams per kilogram of body weight, though this increases if you are if you are pregnant, an athlete or a vegetarian or vegan.
Your body continuously breaks protein down into its individual building blocks the amino acids, and then re-assembles the amino acids into the bodily structures it requires. It’s vital that you eat some protein every day, because although the body can create some of the amino acids it needs, others (termed essential amino acids) are only available from your diet. So the right balance of amino acids is important.
Daily protein can be obtained from:
Animal sources – such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and dairy foods, these are complete proteins, providing all the essential and non-essential amino acids your body needs.
Vegetarian sources – such as whole grains and legumes (great sources include chickpeas, lentils, quinoa, pepitas, chia seeds, soya beans, amaranth and even spirulina), generally these makeup around a third of our daily protein intake. Unlike animal proteins, they provide both fiber and phytoestrogens.
On the downside, vegetable proteins are incomplete proteins........Read the complete blog.