With Ideal Protein, there’s a lot of emphasis on making sure you get adequate protein. What makes proteins so important?
Amino acids, the basic building blocks of proteins, make up most of the tissues in the body. From hair and nails, to skin and muscle, proteins can be found everywhere. Even your blood has a special kind of protein, called albumin, that helps with clotting! Protein is used by the body to build and repair tissues...not just from injury, but also with wear-and-tear!
We need to consume adequate protein daily because, unlike fats and carbohydrates, our bodies have no way of storing excess protein. Thus, when we have a protein shortage, there are no reserves, forcing our bodies to turn to our muscles and organs to harvest protein.
Did you know you can get proteins from plant sources as well as animal? That’s where the classifications of protein play in. Animal proteins are what is known as complete proteins, meaning that they contain all 20 of the essential amino acids---the amino acids that the body cannot produce on its own. Plant sources tend to be incomplete proteins, that’s why it’s important to pair plant sources together to ensure all essential proteins are being consumed.
The origin of the protein is not as important as the quality of the protein; eating a steak or tofu is far better than eating a vienna sausage or peanut butter, because they’ve been filled with additives and preservatives that can be harmful to the body.
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