The power of protein
When you think of protein you might visualise a sculpted fitness pro downing a shake after a vigorous workout. after all, protein equals muscles, right? wrong! It has many more uses than just helping us flex our biceps. In fact, it’s one of the most important nutrients in our diets. So what is it and why do we need it?
the protein puzzle
Protein is essentially our body’s building blocks. When we eat food containing protein, our digestive system breaks it down into amino acids, which pass into our blood. everything from our fingernails, hair and skin to our muscles, organs, bones and ligaments need it. even our brains need protein to communicate. in short, we’re made of the stuff.
Protein helps us produce hormones, generate and repair cells and makes enzymes to digest food. ‘it also provides energy and helps rev up our metabolism,’ explains dietician Helen bond (helenbond. co.uk). ‘it helps us feel fuller for longer. add beans, pulses, eggs, fish and poultry to meals to keep hunger at bay,’ she adds.