“Proteins” – everybody is talking about you: Rekha Sudarsan

Ask a third grader what proteins are and her prompt reply would be “body builder’. The modern world talks about protein, consumes protein in different quantities , knows the...
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Ask a third grader what proteins are and her prompt reply would be “body builder’. The modern world talks about protein, consumes protein in different quantities , knows the benefits of proteins, fear the outcome of a diet depleted of protein but a majority seem have made a pot-puree of all the information regarding this essential nutrient.Lets first understand what proteins are:

Simple- they are the “Building blocks of life”. Period.

How did protein get this elevated status?

Each and every cell in our human body contains this essential nutrient. The body needs protein for growth and development and also for repair and maintenance .Proteins are one of the most dominant ingredient of the muscles, glands, body fluids ( except urine and bile) organs and of course our skin. This justifies why proteins are considered as an essential nutrient for the body and by the body too.


Roles Protein plays

  1. Role of protein in weight loss

Proteins can help immensely in weight loss because they help in controlling hunger. Isn’t this what every “dieter” wishes for. Protein is the healthy answer to lose weight. Starvation or crash diets ( only fruits, vegetables), liquid diets are not a permanent answer to weight loss and sustained weight management. Proteins are! Choose proteins in the form of lentils, legumes, egg whites and not in the form of packaged “proteins”.

  1. Role of protein in Body Building

Proteins are one of the most important nutrients that will help in muscle building. Adequate amounts of protein combined with essential carbs and liquids will help in muscle growth . Its very important for a body builder to follow the norms that are slated for the appropriate amount of protein intake. For ,excessive amounts of protein can become toxic and also can cause kidney damage.

  1. Role of Protein in Healthy Skin, skin and nails

Dull, sluggish skin can be because of protein deficiency and this explains the importance of protein for healthy glowing skin. Skin is protein and so adequate amounts are needed for maintenance of healthy skin, hair and nails

  1. Role of Protein in Beauty Treatments for the skin

Egg masks, milk masks are some of the home remedies for glowing skin. The albumin in egg is believed to tighten skin and thereby reduce wrinkles. Milk is an excellent medium to bind and give that instant glow to a dull skin

What are the foods that have protein

Milk

 

Egg whites

 

Tofu

 

Lentils

 

Nuts and seeds

 

Beans

 

Fish

 

Chicken

 

Legumes

 

Soy

 

White meat poultry

This highlight on protein might be documentary but the show case is necessary as proteins are being either overused or overlooked and a balance seems to be missing.

So lets understand the importance of protein and start including in our daily diet for a healthy life.

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