Protein is an everyday word in our modern mass media world. What is protein exactly? Protein is in foods such as meat, fish, eggs, milk, legumes, nuts and seeds. S cientifically (according to Answers.com) it is any large organic (meaning it contains carbon) molecule that contains carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and typically sulfur. Proteins are made of of one or more chains of amino acids, and are basic components of all living cells that are needed for any organism to survive. This included you. They are important in your diet for the growth and repair of tissue.
You may ask, what then are amino acids? Amino acid (according to Anwers.com), is an organic (meaning it has carbon) compound with an amino group (NH2), a carboxylic acid group (COOH), and any of various side groups. They have the basic formula NH2CHRCOOH. Protein builds up, maintains, and replaces the tissue in your body. Your muscles , organs, and immune system are composed of protein.
When you eat foods that contain protein, the digestive juices in your stomach and intestine break down the protein in food into amino acids. The amino acids then can be used to make the rearranged proteins your body needs to maintain muscles, bones, blood, and body organs.
These proteins resemble long necklaces with differently shaped little beads attached. Each bead is a small amino acid. These amino acids can join together to make thousands of different proteins. Scientists have found many different amino acids in protein, but there are 22 amino acids that are needed for your health. Of the 22 amino acids, your body makes 13. The other essential nine you get by eating foods containing protein.
Here are some tips for eating protein daily:
1. Eat a variety of foods. Most popular diets provide enough protein for you. Eating a variety of foods with protein will give you the amino acids you need, however.
2. Avoid saturated fat Fish, beans and poultry give you lots of protein, with very little saturated fat. Avoid the fatty meats, and don’t eat too many whole-milk dairy products.
3. Limit red meats; avoid processed meat. Research shows that people who eat over a pound and a half a week of red meat have a higher risk of colon cancer. Sodine on meat, such as beef, pork, and lamb, only sometimes. You can also get the protein from other sources. The processed meats are linked to higher cancer risk.
Eat a well balanced diett, with a variety of foods daily. Proteins play an essential role in your well-being.
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