Should We Eat More Protein?
There is an old saying that goes “An empty sack won’t stand” You could say the same thing about a body lacking in protein.
It helps give us shape in the form of muscle. Without it we would be like an empty bag of skin and bones. (Actually our skin and bones are largely made up of protein too).
It is also important for so many functions in our body, helping make up our hair, skin, nails, organs and even our bones.
These days people in general are a lot more aware of the importance of protein in their diet.
Gone are the days when people tried to live on chip sandwiches and tea. Most people now know the importance of including protein in their diet.
The word protein itself 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.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that approximately one billion people have an inadequate protein intake.
This is staggering. What is going on here?
What Can Eating More Protein Do for Us?
- Curb Appetite and Reduce Hunger Levels. It does this because protein is by far the most filling of the three food groups, (protein, fat and carbohydrates). It also helps reduce Ghrelin levels (the hormone that helps make you feel hungry). Another bonus here is it helps boost the levels of the hormone that makes you feel full (Peptide YY).
- Muscle and Strength Gain. Our muscles are made up of amino-acids (the building blocks of protein). Eating adequate amounts of protein-rich foods along with strength training, helps you feel stronger and firmer. This can equate to a better firmer shape.
- Bone Health. With the worrying presence of osteoporosis now being felt in much of the developed world, protein can play a huge part here. According to the European Journal of Rheumatology: “Currently, it has been estimated that more than 200 million people are suffering from osteoporosis. According to recent statistics from the International Osteoporosis Foundation, worldwide, 1 in 3 women over the age of 50 years and 1 in 5 men will experience osteoporotic fractures in their lifetime” (1.) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5335887/
Protein can play an important part here in its valuable role in the maintenance of normal bones.
- Metabolism Aid : Protein plays a big part in enabling our metabolic rate (fat burning capacity) work at its best. It does this in its role in the formation of muscle which in turn helps keep our metabolism high. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11838888/
- Stress Support: During these pandemic times our stress levels can be severely tested. Having little or no social life, career finished or put on hold, relationship suffering from cabin fever, children constantly under your feet etc. This can have a big effect on your stress levels. With that your blood sugar can spike, your anxiety levels can increase, your blood pressure can rise and all hell can break loose. This can bring about burn-out and its often follow-on health conditions. Protein can play an important part here with its health-supporting qualities.
- Weight Loss: Protein can help with the retention of solid tissue/muscle during weight loss. This is important as it helps stop the horrible gaunt look people get on their face when they lose muscle in their weight loss. There is nothing worse than when you lose weight and you look terrible. You lose your shape and can often look older than you looked before your weight loss. Protein helps make us more firm and shapely. It is very important in successful weight loss.
These are just some of the benefits that protein brings to our body.
Good sources of protein include: Meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products.
Vegetarian / Vegan proteins include: Nuts, seeds, pulses, peas, beans, quinoa etc.
A Drink to Help Supply Your Protein Needs
An ideal way to supplement your protein intake is to use a protein drink.
When looking for a protein drink it is preferable that it is:
- High in protein
- Low in fat
- High in calcium
Probably the best protein drink to fit the bill here is casein the most abundant protein in milk.
Proform casein protein drinks are a very tasty option here.
They come in delicious strawberry, vanilla, raspberry and real cocoa flavours. Simply shake or blend a serving with milk, coconut water, almond milk or water and you have a really mouth-watering treat that really hits the spot.
Convenient and Easy to Use
It’s convenience of use makes it an ideal addition to, dieters, athletes and those with an active lifestyle.
Once you taste that creamy sweet texture in your mouth you will then know why the Proform range of protein drinks have been such a firm favourite with our customers for almost 35 years.
It really helps take the hard work out of you looking and feeling your best. In the meantime check out the protein foods on the list and make sure you are including some of them in your diet.
Should we eat more protein by Hugh Chambers
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