Most everyone knows that all foods and supplements have nutritional components necessary for human health.
Therefore we thought it a good idea for us to consider each of them alphabetically enabling the reader to better understand their function.
This is the first.
Amino Acids (Protein)
Weight lifters particularly are familiar with amino acids and know that they are simply elements of protein, the body building and repair component of food.
There are twenty-two amino acids and are generally divided into three groups – essential, semi-essential and non-essential.
The “essential” amino acids are found in food whereas the rest are manufacured by the body itself.
See the chart below
Therefore it’s imperative that from a young age we should have protein introduced into our diets once we have been weaned from mother’s milk which is of course a protein.
Unfortunately today the need for protein is not generally recognized. Most breakfasts consist mainly, if not entirely, of cereals and toast, quaffed down with sugar-laden juices.
The mid-day meal doesn’t fare much better, often consisting of sandwiches along with cola drinks.
How much protein do we need daily?
Experts seem to suggest that one gram of protein per kilogram (2.2 lb.) is the bare necessity for optimal health. Serious weight lifters and body builders would probably require more to sustain their extra muscle growth.
Therefore a fifty-kilogram person (110 lb.) would need fifty grams of protein and not many meet this requirement.
What foods provide protein?
Meat is probably the easiest and most perfect source of protein as long as it is obtained from grass fed animals or free range hens. However it is hard to determine whether animals are polluted with introduced drugs used to help them ward off diseases or else help speed up growth.
Seafoods also are included in the classification of meat.
Proteins are also found in eggs,milk,cheese, nuts as well as legumes (beans, lentils and peas) and yogurt (choose the varieties that do not have added sugar)
Copyright September 2015