Protein is one of three macronutrients necessary for the body’s growth, development and maintenance.
Chapter 1: What are Proteins?
Proteins are large molecules composed of amino acids. They are the body’s major source of nitrogen.
Chapter 2: The Importance of Protein
We need protein for:
cell growth, repair, and continuous maintenance
fluid, electrolyte and pH balance
Chapter 3: A Day in the Life
10-35% of your daily nutrient needs should come from protein. In relation to body weight, this equates to a minimum of 0.8g of protein for kg of body weight per day. This is the standard for a healthy individual to prevent muscle depletion. The amount varies according to age, physical factors, and activity levels.
The distribution of protein should be 25-30g in meals and 10-15g of protein in snacks.
Chapter 4: A.A (Amino Acids)
20 different amino acids are used to make proteins.