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The Book of Protein

Prologue:

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

  • hormone functions

  • enzymatic reactions

  • fluid, electrolyte and pH balance

  • energy source

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.

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