Proteins provide our bodies with the amino acids that cannot be produced within the body. Through the process of digestion, food is broken down into essential amino acids that can be used for protein synthesis. In essence, proteins build up, maintain, and replace tissues in your body. For instance, proteins help make hemoglobin which carries oxygen to all the parts of your body. Proteins are broken down into amino acids during digestion. The amino acids can then be reused when the body needs protein. The body can only produce thirteen of the twenty-two essential amino acids that the body needs. A diet that does not contain enough protein can lead to growth problems, loss of muscle mass, decreased immunity, weakening of the heart and lungs, and, eventually, death. No protein, or not enough, causes the body to not produce the cells that maintain tissues. A diet with an over-abundance of protein usually contains high fat content. An excess amount of fat can lead to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and certain types of cancer. High protein levels also lead to a condition called ketosis. Ketosis is the body's response to high protein levels and it creates ketones which are released into the blood stream. Ketones are normally used during a time when the body needs energy (dieting or starvation), but if the body makes too many, insulin levels can increase. Too much insulin leads to hyperglycemia (diabetes). Most animal products contain proteins such as meat, milk, and eggs. Lentils and nuts can also provide adequate amounts of proteins. My recommended protein range is 46 grams and my intake was 46 grams. I actually tried to limit my portions today so I think, overall, I did well. The foods that I ate that contained protein were the eggs, English muffin, sausage, milk, the potatoes (added milk), carrots, cauliflower, brownies (flour and walnuts), and the Coffee Mate. Therefore, most of what I ate today contained some amount of protein. The animal proteins...
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