What is Protein?
Strings or links of amino acids which break down foods within our bodies are called proteins. These are necessary in order for the body to convert the food we consume into energy. Protein also builds collagen and muscle which the body needs to function. In addition, it helps to regulate hormones and builds/maintains the immune system. A balanced, healthy diet must include protein.
What is found in a protein determines if it’s healthy or not for the body. A higher nutritional value along with a high amount of protein is what you want to look for when choosing the foods to eat. Some foods that are excellent sources of protein are:
- soy (beans, tofu)
- lean beef
If you are considering protein shakes as part of your diet, go ahead. Just be sure that your diet doesn’t rely solely on the shakes in order to get your daily amount of necessary protein. Make sure that you include a variety of other foods that are high in protein in your daily diet.
What is Protein?
Limit These Proteins
Proteins with a low nutritional value and/or high in fat should be limited. Examples of foods that should be limited or exchanged for a healthier alternative are:
- red meat
- deep fried potatoes
A Balancing Act
We are constantly making decisions and doing our best to balance out what happens each day. Making decisions and choosing what we eat is no different. Being able to differentiate the healthiest foods from those that aren’t so healthy can make a huge difference in your health and sense of well being. Decisions like choosing turkey bacon instead of regular bacon or simply limiting the amount of red meat you eat every day is what I’m talking about.
Moderation is, as always, key to good health and managing your daily eating strategy should be taken one meal at a time. Consider what foods are available to you and opt for the best possible options.
Many of us need to eat healthier and I know that everyone can. Making the decision to start is the beginning. The next step is learning and understanding what foods are the healthiest choices. What’s next? Take action. Make the best choices that will help create a healthier and more fit you!