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Protein is an important macronutrient used by the body for building, repairing and maintaining tissues. Proteins are part of every cell, tissue, and organ in our bodies. Proteins are made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. There are 20 different amino acids needed by the body. These amino acids join together to make all different types of protein. Eight amino acids are considered essential amino acids since they not made by the body and therefore must be obtained from food. The other 12 amino acids are made by the body and are considered nonessential amino acids.\nThe proteins in our bodies are constantly being broken down and replaced. The body does not store amino acids like it does carbohydrates and fats, so the body needs a daily supply of amino acids to make new proteins. The protein in the foods we eat is digested into amino acids that can be used to replace the proteins in our bodies.\nWhat Are the Different Types of Protein in the Diet?\nThere are different types of protein in our diet — complete and incomplete proteins. The \"completeness\" (or quality) of a protein is determined by its amino acid composition. A complete protein source is one that provides all of the essential amino acids. Complete proteins come from animal sources (e.g. eggs, milk, meat, poultry, and fish) and foods made from soy (e.g. tofu and tempeh). About 75% of the protein we eat in our diets should be complete or high-quality protein. An incomplete protein source is one that is low in one or more of the essential amino acids. Most plant proteins (e.g. legumes and nuts) are incomplete proteins because they do not contain all the essential amino acids. Incomplete proteins can be combined (e.g. beans and rice, milk, and cereal) to obtain protein of sufficient quality to be considered complete. \nTypically, good sources of protein include:\n• Meats, poultry, and fish\n• Milk and dairy products\n• Eggs\n• Tofu\n• Legumes (dry beans and peas)\n\nThe Role of Protein in the Body\nAs a nutrient, protein performs many functions in the body. An adequate dietary protein intake is important for building, maintaining and repairing body tissues. The body’s structural components, such as skin, muscles, bones, and organs, are made up in large part by protein. Many hormones and enzymes that function to regulate body processes and chemical reactions are made of protein. Protein is also used to make antibodies to fight disease. If you do not consume enough carbohydrate and fat, proteins can also supply your body with energy.\n\nProtein has many important roles in our bodies and is part of every tissue, including our organs, muscles, and skin. We need to make sure we eat enough high-quality protein in our diets, especially as we age so that our bodies have the amino acids it needs to function properly. New research is showing that older adults may need more protein than current recommendations to help optimize their health and protect their lean muscle mass.\n\nAuthor’s Bio\nChamber Louise in this piece writes on the importance of protein and its relevance to having a balanced nutrition. He further spoke on the different types of protein.\n

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the power of nutrition in your diet food

The Power of Nutrition in Your Diet Food

Protein is an important macronutrient used by the body for building, repairing and maintaining

tissues. Proteins are part of every cell, tissue, and organ in our bodies. Proteins are made up of

amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. There are 20 different amino acids needed

by the body. These amino acids join together to make all different types of protein. Eight amino

acids are considered essential amino acids since they not made by the body and therefore must be

obtained from food. The other 12 amino acids are made by the body and are considered

nonessential amino acids.

The proteins in our bodies are constantly being broken down and replaced. The body does not

store amino acids like it does carbohydrates and fats, so the body needs a daily supply of amino

acids to make new proteins. The protein in the foods we eat is digested into amino acids that can

be used to replace the proteins in our bodies.

What Are the Different Types of Protein in the Diet?

There are different types of protein in our diet — complete and incomplete proteins. The

"completeness" (or quality) of a protein is determined by its amino acid composition. A complete

protein source is one that provides all of the essential amino acids. Complete proteins come from

animal sources (e.g. eggs, milk, meat, poultry, and fish) and foods made from soy (e.g. tofu and

tempeh). About 75% of the protein we eat in our diets should be complete or high-quality

protein. An incomplete protein source is one that is low in one or more of the essential amino

acids. Most plant proteins (e.g. legumes and nuts) are incomplete proteins because they do not

contain all the essential amino acids. Incomplete proteins can be combined (e.g. beans and rice,

milk, and cereal) to obtain protein of sufficient quality to be considered complete.

Typically, good sources of protein include:

Meats, poultry, and fish

Milk and dairy products

Eggs

Tofu

Legumes (dry beans and peas)

the role of protein in the body

The Role of Protein in the Body

As a nutrient, protein performs many functions in the body. An adequate dietary protein intake is

important for building, maintaining and repairing body tissues. The body’s structural

components, such as skin, muscles, bones, and organs, are made up in large part by protein.

Many hormones and enzymes that function to regulate body processes and chemical reactions

are made of protein. Protein is also used to make antibodies to fight disease. If you do not

consume enough carbohydrate and fat, proteins can also supply your body with energy.

Protein has many important roles in our bodies and is part of every tissue, including our organs,

muscles, and skin. We need to make sure we eat enough high-quality protein in our diets,

especially as we age so that our bodies have the amino acids it needs to function properly. New

research is showing that older adults may need more protein than current recommendations to

help optimize their health and protect their lean muscle mass.

Author’s Bio

Chamber Louise in this piece writes on the importance of protein and its relevance to having a

balanced nutrition. He further spoke on the different types of protein.