Is Protein King of all Foods?
Next time you find yourself chewing on a juicy steak or even a nut burger for that matter; did you ever wonder what it’s doing for you?
Both are protein sources popular in today’s culture and both help supply the protein needs of our body.
So how important is protein?
The word protein comes from the Greek word “Proteios” meaning – primary, – in the lead, – or – standing out front. So complex and widespread were the functions of protein in the body that the man who gave it its name, Swedish chemist Jon Jacob Berzelius in 1838, considered it that important.
So what does protein do for us?
Muscle repair and growth
Feeling strong and looking toned and in good shape gives us a great boost. It helps us do this by supplying our bodies with the necessary amino acids (building blocks) we need to help make up muscle tissue.
Also throughout our lives our bodies are constantly building up and breaking down. This mainly happens through exercise, stress and our natural ageing process and is very instrumental in this rebuilding process.
Muscle also contributes to having a good resting metabolic rate, i.e. the rate we burn energy while we are at complete rest: sitting down, lying down or watching TV etc.
Healthy skin, hair and nails.
- Protein is vitally important for the maintenance of healthy skin, hair, nails, bones and internal organs.
- Vibrant healthy hair, glowing healthy skin, strong nails and bones are all very reliant on protein.
- Our internal organs, liver, kidneys etc are made up largely of protein.
- It is an integral component of each of these.
Hormones and enzymes.
- Hormones and enzymes help keep our bodies in an optimum state of health.
- They help support good digestion, a healthy sex life and healthy ageing.
- Protein helps make up both hormones and enzymes.
What’s in it for you?
- The figure-conscious person needs it to help keep their muscles looking firm and shapely.
- The young child needs it to supply vital raw materials necessary to help it grow strong and healthy.
- The older person needs it to help keep their muscle tone and support their organ functions as they age.
- The sportsperson needs it to help their performance.
- The stressed person needs it to help offset the protein damage caused by stress.
- If all these are going well for you then the chances are that you are giving your body an ample supply of protein.
A lesson from the past
The hunter gatherers of our distant ancestors were a hardy robust lot. They had to be to deal with living in a hostile environment full of predators. For them it was a case of kill or be killed.
When they gathered around their campfires in the evening they were most likely chewing on some wild game, fish, birds, eggs, fruits, some greens, nuts, seeds and herbs.
This was a protein rich diet, abundant in wild meat and nuts. Carbohydrates came in the form of low starch vegetables, herbs and nuts. The diet was also quite rich in fat in the form of nuts, seeds, eggs and fish. They seemed to do very well on these foods.
Foods sources of protein include:
- Meat: beef, lamb, poultry, fish, game and eggs.
- Dairy products: cheese, yogurt and milk.
- Nuts: peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, brazil nuts etc.
- Pulses: lentils, beans, peas, quinoa, etc.
- Seeds: pumpkin, linseed, sunflower, etc.
These are all valuable food sources of protein which contribute to a healthy balanced diet.
However, for many of us we may be eating some protein, yet it may not be enough or it may have too much accompanying fats or carbohydrates.
Also too often we may reach for unhealthy convenience foods. This can have a disastrous effect on our shape and health. A big help here would to include low fat or fat free proteins in our diet and use natural healthy substitutes for our treats.
These can prove to be a great support in helping keep us on a healthy diet program.
Educohealth Protein – A Stand out Protein
One of the best foods to help you here is casein protein. Casein is a delicious protein made from milk. It is virtually fat free, very tasty and most importantly is high in protein and calcium.
It is easy to use. Just put one scoop of casein powder into a shaker with 400mls of milk or water. Shake it up and you have a delicious high protein treat that is suitable for both adults and children.
With casein it is always better to get pure casein. Much casein on the market is blends of casein and the much cheaper whey protein.
For best results ensure you get the pure casein.
The Best gets Better
Proform casein is pure casein with no cheaper, less desirable additives added. It is an ideal protein complement to a healthy diet.
Coming in delicious vanilla, strawberry and real cocoa flavours.
It is a really tasty addition to those who want to help balance their diet. It can also be used as a delicious treat.
Try it and see for yourself the affect Proform can have on your life. The smile you get, when you look in the mirror and see the difference, will say it all.
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by Hugh Chambers Holistic Nutritionist