Protein

By: Darius Micks

definition and function

Protein is a class of nutrient that supplies energy to the body and is need to build new cell and repaired injured ones.

Major Sources

  • Meat and Fish
  • Eggs
  • Soy
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Dairy

signs of lack of protein

  1. You’re tired when you shouldn’t be.
  2. You’re weak when you do strenuous activity.
  3. You’re flabby where you used to be muscular.
  4. You’re getting injured and not recovering quickly.
  5. Your hair is falling out.

signs of too much protein

  1. weight gain
  2. Intestinal irritation
  3. dehydration
  4. seizures
  5. increase in liver enzymes
  6. nutritional deficiencies
  7. risk of heart disease
  8. kidney problems

Acrostic

P - Protein helps the body function

R - Repairs injured cells and makes new ones

O - only 4 calories in a gram of protein

T - There are nine essential amino acids

E - eggs are a good source of protein

I - intestinal indigestion

N - Nutrients from protein are a neccessity

Facts

  • Approximately 18 to 20 percent of a persons body weight is due to proteins
  • Protein provides about 10 to 35 percent of calories needed everyday.
  • Each gram of protein provides 4 calories
  • The lifespan of proteins is only two days or less.
    High protein diet helps you lose weight. Protein rich foods make you feel fuller for a long time and hence you eat less.



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