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What are they?

  • Proteins are chains of amino acids

What use are they?

  • Proteins repair all cells
  • Proteins help produce hormones.
  • Proteins assist blood sugar levels (to combat hunger pangs)
  • Proteins burn fat

When should we consume them?

  • Protein should be included in every meal but especially at breakfast, after training and before bed.

What type of protein is best to consume?

  • A balance of all types with particular focus on whey protein.

Foods with high levels of protein include

  • Fish
  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Lamb
  • Beef’
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products
  • Soy products
  • Nuts
  • Legumes

Protein deficiency can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, insulin resistance, hair loss, loss of hair pigment (hair that should be black becomes reddish), loss of muscle mass (proteins repair muscle tissue), low body temperature, and hormonal irregularities. Severe protein deficiency, encountered only in times of famine, is fatal.

Excess protein can cause problems as well, such as causing the immune system to overreact, liver dysfunction from increased toxic residues, bone loss due to increased acidity in the blood and has also been linked to obesity.

Proteins can often figure in allergies and allergic reactions to certain foods. This is because the structure of each form of protein is slightly different, and some may trigger a response from the immune system while others are perfectly safe. Many people are allergic to casein, the protein in milk; gluten, the protein in wheat and other grains; the particular proteins found in peanuts; or those in shellfish or other seafoods. The good news is that it is extremely unusual for the same person to adversely react to more than two different types of proteins.

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