The main question people ask us from the very beginning is – why protein bites?
The answer lies in knowing the macronutrient and its benefits. Find out the most important in the following lines.
What is protein?
The word protein comes from the Greek ‘proteios’, meaning ‘of first rank’. Proteins are the primary building blocks of the human body and are an important macronutrient (meaning your body needs more of it). Proteins are responsible for most bodily functions.
Over 40% of body protein is found in skeletal muscle, over 25% is found in body organs, and the rest resides mostly in the skin and blood. Proteins are composed of amino acids, which vary in structure to give each its own functions. There are 20 natural amino acids, 9 of which are essential for survival, some of which are conditionally essential and some of which are dispensable, because the body can produce them itself from other compounds.
The 9 essential amino acids are:
Amino acids are essential for the human body to function. To be in a state of positive protein balance, protein has to be consumed in the diet. Protein in the diet can come from both plants and animals.
Common animal protein sources include meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products (except for butter, sour cream, and cream cheese).
Common plant protein sources include grains, legumes and vegetables.
What are the benefits?
High-protein diets have been shown to increase lean body mass, improve body composition, recovery, and satiation.
#1 – Protein Makes You Feel Full
Protein promotes satiety, or the feeling of fullness, more than both carbohydrates and fat. Protein’s ability to reduce appetite and hunger levels can help reduce calorie intake – a key factor for individuals trying to achieve weight loss.
#2 – You “burn” more
The body uses energy to digest and make use of the nutrients in food. This is called the thermic effect of food (TEF), and protein’s thermic effect is much higher than that of carbohydrates and fat.
#3 – Protein Helps Maintain and Grow Your Muscles
Since protein is the building block of your muscles, eating adequate amounts of protein helps maintain your muscle mass and prevents muscle catabolism.
Not only does eating protein help prevent muscle breakdown, but it can also help build and strengthen muscles. Combining regular activity and exercise with high protein intake promotes muscle growth and strengthening.
Benefit #4 – Protein Aids with Recovery and Growth
Protein forms the main building blocks of your tissues and organs. Eating a high-protein diet can help your body repair quicker after injury.
Now the major question is – how much protein do we need? Find out in the following article.