Are Some Proteins Better Than Others?

We’ll help you achieve your goals at LIV Fitness in Dublin, CA with both a program of nutrition and exercise. It doesn’t matter what your goal, eating healthy is important. That involves not only choosing the right balance of macronutrients, but also identifying which specific food within that group is better, such as finding the most digestible and best protein. You need more than just exercise to lose weight, build muscle or just be your healthiest.

Protein is an important part of your diet.

While you’ll get help creating the right diet for your needs, every healthy diet needs to include protein. It’s important for building muscles, losing weight and is part of every cell in your body from your fingernails to your blood. It plays the role of messenger as a hormone, repairs tissue and builds cells. The body doesn’t store protein, like it does fat that’s burned later for energy. If you don’t have enough protein daily, your body suffers. Your affects your immune system, makes you tired, leaves you hungry and shows in the healthiness of your nails, hair and skin.

There twenty amino acids necessary to keep your body working at peak performance.

The body only can produce 11 of those and has to get the last nine from diet. Those are the nine essential amino acids. Not all protein sources contain those nine amino acids. Animal protein sources do. Not all sources are bioavailable, which is how well the body breaks down the protein and how much of it is absorbed. Again, animal sources are best. Topping the list is red meat from grass fed beef, poultry, wild-not farmed-salmon, wild game, whole eggs, dairy and whey.

Vegetarian sources are often less expensive and can be good options for protein.

While many plant protein sources aren’t complete and less bioavailable, they’re affordable and can be combined to create a complete protein. Beans are one example of a cheap protein source and can be stored in dried form for a long time. Combine the beans with brown rice and you have a complete protein source. With prices skyrocketing, having a meatless Monday sounds more and more enticing. You can also consider eggs as another cheap source of protein that’s excellent.

  • If you’re trying to lose weight, you need protein in your diet. Protein fills you up and keeps you feeling full longer. It’s also necessary for building muscle tissue. The more muscle tissue you have, the more calories you burn.
  • One complete vegetarian protein source is quinoa. It’s easy to combine with vegetables and other vegetarian protein sources, like lentils to build all the protein you need for the day.
  • You can get healthy protein sources for snacking. Edamame, a soy product is a great snack and protein source. Yogurt, hard-boiled eggs and nuts or nut butter are also decent sources.
  • Organ meats, like chicken livers are excellent protein sources and often less expensive. Canned tuna is another option that can be made into a quick salad for a high quality protein lunch or sandwich.

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