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Protein? What is it?

By Jenny Flynn

Why should you care about protein and the amounts of it that you eat? Protein is the most basic building block of all the tissues in the body. So, what is so important about that?
Do you want shiny luxurious hair and smooth skin or strong bones and muscles? Unless you supply your body with the basic building blocks it needs, then this isn’t going to happen!

Protein is necessary for the production of enzymes, hormones and other substances the body uses. It regulates body processes such as balancing water, transporting nutrients and
making muscles contract. Protein keeps the body healthy by helping it resist diseases that are common to malnourished people. Lastly, it helps prevents one from becoming easily fatigued by helping produce stamina and energy.

Now that we know about all it’s positive benefits; what foods can we find it in? Just because most of us equate protein with animal products does not mean that they are the only sources.

Vegetarians (one that abstains from the consumption of meat) know that protein is important and they eat plenty of it, from other than meat sources. Food sources include: Meat, Dairy, and other sources .

RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) varies depending on age and gender
Adult Men – ages 19-50= 56 gms.
Adult Women-ages 19-50= 46 gms.
Children-ages 1-8 years= 13-19 gms.

(Other sources include but not limited to: Soybeans, Nuts, Rice, and Potatoes)
Our health depends on the sum total of the many “small” decisions that we make each day, in other words, our lifestyle. Generally speaking, the decisions we make that most affect our health have to do with the foods we eat. There are so many options available, and ” we at Lets-lose” would like to encourage you to continually select foods that are good choices that help you lead to a healthier life.

1 Corinthians 16:13- Be on your guard: stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.