Week 6 Assignment
In today’s society, we consume proteins on a regular basis from an assortment of foods, sometimes without even knowing it. Proteins are in the majority of foods we eat during our day-to-day lives. Athletes, such as weight lifters consume massive loads of protein to regenerate their bodies. However, many in our society are not athletes, and these individuals are not reaping the benefits offered by proteins. So where is the happy medium? How can we obtain the benefits from proteins while still continuing a healthy diet? Being knowledgeable of the truth behind proteins in addition to consuming the recommended daily intake from healthy sources will not only support a healthy lifestyle but is also beneficial in many other ways What are proteins? We are protein. Our hair, our nails, our skin, our blood, our enzymes and hormones are protein; indeed, our bodies contain some ten thousand to fifty thousand kinds of protein. But these proteins are constantly being broken down into amino acids. This macronutrient (“macro-nutrients” because your body needs large amounts of them to perform basic cellular function, Answer Fitness by Matt (2008.) is the main rebuilding source for the body. Unlike other nutrients that are stored in our bodies, certain proteins must be derived from consuming food. Proteins come in a large variety of different foods and in a few different forms. These forms include eggs, meat, fish, poultry, milk and other dairy product. Unfortunately, not all proteins are created equal. Proteins are categorized into one of two groups: complete proteins and incomplete proteins. (Jegtvig, S 2008)
Complete proteins contain all nine essential amino acids that the body cannot otherwise produce on its own. With the exception of soy beans, complete proteins are only found in animal foods like meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and milk and dairy products. Incomplete proteins are lacking one or more of the...