Facts About Protein

Proteins consist of units called amino acids, strung together in complex formations. Because proteins are complex molecules, the body takes longer to break them down. As a result, they are a much slower and longer-lasting source of energy than carbohydrates. Each gram of a protein supplies the body with 4 kilocalories.

The body needs proteins to maintain and replace tissues and to function and grow. Ample protein is essential for recovery after your workouts. Protein is responsible for building lean muscle. Lean muscle burns more calories so the more lean muscle you have; the more calories you burn (just that simple).

Adults need to eat about 60 grams of protein per day (0.8 grams per kilogram of weight or 10 to 15% of total calories). Adults who are trying to build muscle need slightly more. Children also need more because they are growing.

Some examples of good protein sources are: whole eggs and egg whites, chicken, fish and seafood, low fat dairy, lean red meat, and beans and legumes.

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