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What are Proteins?

Proteins are the “˜building blocks of life’ with which all life is made.  Protein has a large number of important functions in the human body- and in fact the human body is about 45% protein.  It’s an essential macronutrient which allows our bodies to repair, regulate & protect itself.

For those who want to gain muscle, protein is an absolute in the diet that aids in building muscle tissue.  For those who are wanting to lose excess body fat, protein may be your best friend.  High quality protein in food is important to keep you energised, full between meals & to keep your body functioning.

Most protein sources come from animals.  Meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products.  However, it is important to also consider the other nutrients that are also in the food you eat, such as saturated fat and cholesterol. With this in mind, the best protein sources are lean meats and low-fat dairy products. Choices such as chicken, fish, lean cuts of beef, skim milk and egg whites all provide high-quality complete protein without added fat and cholesterol.  Proteins can also be found in plant sources, such as legumes, tofu, grains, nuts, seeds and some vegetables.

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