Protein is essential for your health, wellness and overall quality of life. It is the main structural component of the cells in our body. Getting the minimum amount of protein each day is crucial for obtaining the energy needed to make it through the day.
Although most people get enough protein daily, people need to make sure they are making the best protein choices. Helen Jones, a regional nutrition agent with Alabama Extension, offers tips on getting a healthy daily dose of protein.
Jones recommends that 10 to 30 percent of a person’s daily calories come from protein. “Every cell, tissue and organ in the human body contains protein,” said Jones. “It is essential to our diet on a daily basis to help our bodies repair cells and make new ones.”
“The amount of protein people need depends on a person’s age and weight,” said Jones. “For example, most teenagers need between 40 to 50 grams of protein each day.”
Protein is needed for building and maintaining strong bones, muscles and all other aspects of the human body.
“Many people trying to lose weight will increase their protein intake because it contributes to overall weight management,” said Jones. “Your body uses the amino acids in protein to build muscle.”
People receive their daily protein through their diet. Jones suggests that good sources of protein are found in fish, poultry, eggs, soy, legumes, milk, nuts, grains and cheese.
“A lack of protein can lead to fatigue or more serious health issues such as osteoporosis or kidney disease,” said Jones.
Getting your daily dose of protein is simple and beneficial. Protein is found in many of the foods that people eat and enjoy daily without even realizing it.
To find out more about healthy proteins and ways to incorporate them into your daily diet, visit http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.
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