Macronutrients: Protein

I would like to take time and discuss each macronutrient in detail. As we know there are three macronutrients that concern us: protein, carbohydrate, fat. Technically, there is a fourth macronutrient – alcohol but we will discuss that at another time.

The topic of today’s discussion is protein!

Why is protein important?

Protein is made up of amino acids. Amino acids are often referred to as “building blocks” because that’s their primary function. Not only is protein important to build muscle but it is also vital in building other lean tissues. What other lean tissues?

Well, our cells are constantly regenerating – organ cells, nail cells, hair cells, DNA cells, all kinds of cells! The rebuilding of your body daily requires amino acids. Thankfully our body can manufacture some amino acids, however, there are certain amino acids that we can only get from food. So even if you do not exercise and have no aspirations about building muscle you still, most definitely, need protein in your life.

Quick note about any liver or kidney damage concerns. Unless you have a pre-existing liver or kidney problem that has been diagnosed you do not need to worry about that. For anyone to eat enough protein to put their liver or kidneys at risk they would first explode out of sheer volume of protein rich foods they are consuming.

What are good sources of protein?

Protein powder – stick with a quality protein powder. Optimum Nutrition and PEScience are my favorites. Honestly, most powders are decent, just don’t buy it from a dollar store or Wal-Mart.

Beef, bison, chicken breast, fish, cottage cheese, crab, duck, eggs, egg whites, greek yogurt, pork, salmon, scallops, shrimp, venison – etc.

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