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We will define proteins, explain why they are important to our overall
good health, outline several great foods to eat to obtain the necessary
protein we all require, review what happens when we do not get enough
protein in our diet, discuss some undesired consequences of eating too
much protein., and look at what represents the right amount of protein
Definiton of Proteins
Proteins are an
organic compound consisting of peptide bonds and amino
acids. They are essential to the structure and function of all
living cells. Our bodies contain different
proteins. Together they perform a wide variety of biological
functions, such as:
- Enzymes, catalyzing various chemical
- Forming structures (like scaffolding)
- Immune response, helping us to ward off
disease and infections
- Transport and storage of various ligands
- Regulation of cellular function
How Much Protein Do
How much protein a person needs to consume on a daily or weekly basis
depends greatly on a person’s overall fitness level and activity,
energy intake, your age and your general state of health.
example, during childhood, increased protein is needed for growth and
development. Increased protein may also be helpful to overcome an
illness or a traumatic effect on the body such as after an operation.
What Happens When We
Do Not Get Enough Protein?
Without the right amount of protein we may experience such symptoms as:
- Hair loss
- Loss of skin elasticity
- Reduced body temperature
- Reduced muscle mass
- Hormone irregularities
What Happens When We
Eat or Digest Too Much Protein?
If we digest too much protein, we may experience these side-effects:
- Liver dysfunction due to increased toxic
- Calcium loss, leading to a decrease in
- Immune system implications
- Protein in urine
- Triggering of certain food allergic
- If caused by eating too much red meat, an
increase in saturated fats, leading to increased weight gain, may be
The Soy vs. Whey
Debate: Which Product Is Right For You?
- Can substitue flour in cooking
- Very high in Many called upon amino acids
our body requires
- Can be a substitute product for those
who are lactose intolerant
- Can be used in a wide variety of foods,
such as burgers, franks and even cheese
- Inexpensive to purchase
- Goes well with water or milk
- Easy to flavor
Why Are Proteins
Necessary To Our Overall Good Health?
As humans we cannot
internally synthesize all the amino acids our body requires, so we need
to consume food containing protein to provide us with those missing
amino acids or building blocks. We break down proteins through
digestion within our stomachs from the foods we eat. They supply
the body’s building blocks (i.e., amino acids) we need to live and
In many respects, every tissue of our body uses proteins in its own way
to help it perform its designed function. For example, our
muscles are formed by proteins, helping us to lift objects.
Similar functions occur for our skin, bones, and organs.
Proteins also assist in the repair of cells. And similar to
carbohydrates and fats, they can also serve as an energy source for our
Great Sources of
- Animal meats
- Eggs and other dairy products
- Fish and seafood
Commom Sources of Soy
- Soymilk, a beverage with a “milk-like”
- Soy flour, which can be used as an egg
- Tofu, which can be combined in with other
foods or used on its own
What Is Whey?
Whey is the by-product of cheese manufactured from cow's milk. It
also stands for an excellent protein source, because it contains both
all-important and non-vital amino acids.
Many doctors suggest to pregnant mothers to use whey as a food
supplement to help their unborn child(s) obtain sufficient levels of
amino acids required for proper development while in the womb.
Whey products are also normally used by athletes and bodybuilders to
accelerate muscle development and aid in recovery of muscle
A lot of health food stores market whey products which can be combined
or water to make a dietary shake or drink.