Animal and plant based protein.
In MumsGetFit and with mine and Eds clients the talk about protein comes up all the time.
One of our main questions is always: are you getting enough protein?
We focus on this because about 20% of the human body is made up of protein.
Our bodies doesn't store protein and therefor it is important to get enough from your diet every day.
You can get protein from many food sources, including plants and animals.
Animal foods are the highest quality protein sources. Plant sources lack one or more amino acids, which makes it more difficult to get all the amino acids that your body needs.
Animal protein sources are higher in certain nutrients, such as vitamin B12, vitamin D, the omega-3 fatty acid DHA, heme-iron and zinc.
There is fears that reds meats are associated with with an increased risk of disease. This is Processed red meat that increase this risk of disease. Unprocessed and good quality red meat and other lean meats from well looked after animals are healthy.
Plant protein food sources often have lower quality proteins, therefor vegetarians and vegans should eat a wide variety of foods to ensure that they are getting all the amino acids that they need.
For meat eaters, it's very important to get the right balance of both animal and plant foods.
So for optimal health, the evidence supports a diet that is low in processed meat, rich in plant protein and animal sources such as grass-fed meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy.
And just to add you need to do exactly what feels right for you. You know your body and you know what makes you feel great.
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