We all know that protein is vital to the human body.
(We do know that right?)
But have you ever stopped to wonder why?
When we consume protein our bodies break this down into amino acids. There are 21 amino acids of which our bodies can ‘self-produce’ 12. This means the other 9 ‘essential’ amino acids have to be ingested through the foods we eat.
Protein is ultimately responsible for muscle, tissue and organ growth and repair. This means that the condition of your hair, skin, nails, muscles and internal organs are all determined by the amount of protein consumed – pretty important!
A lot of people think that the best and highest concentration comes from eating meat and fish but eating these puts your bodies digestive system under tremendous strain.
Therefore, eating a chicken breast for its protein content (typically 33g) is probably causing you to expend energy through digestion before the protein has even entered your system!
Here at AbsolutelySuperFoods we believe that consuming plant based protein is the most effective way to get the right levels with the least amount of strain on your body.
Whether you have a smoothie for breakfast, lunch, dinner or even post-exercise it’s worth remembering that with a little planning you can make sure you are comfortably hitting your quota for the day. 10-15% of our daily calorie intake should come from protein.
All of the essential amino acids are available from a plant based diet, for example:-
peanut butter – 25g protein (per 100g)
spirulina – 65g protein (per 100g)
hemp protein powder 49g protein (per 100g)
raw almonds – 21g protein (per 100g)
wheatgrass – 19g protein (per 100g)
If we’re going to make the effort to drink the right amount of water each day, let’s make sure that we also check that we’re getting enough protein as well!