The so-called pyramid health food in recent years has begun to change. Experts say that we are eating too many carbohydrates and simple sugars and therefore gain weight and they starts to understand the importance of sufficient intake of protein in your daily diet.
Protein or proteins are very important for our body. They are the main building material of the body and are involved in nearly all biochemical processes of cells. For example, participating in the creation of hemoglobin that carries oxygen in the body, in the construction and reconstruction of muscle tissue, the growth of hair, nails and skin and transfer of nutrients.
What else you need to know about protein?
Proteins are made of various combinations of 20 amino acids, of which 8 is essential, which means that our organism cannot produce, so they must enter the food.
Protein is found in almost all foods, except in sugars and fats. Food of animal origin, such as meat, fish, eggs, milk, yogurt and cheese, are the best source of protein. Plant proteins are (beans, peas, beans, lentils …), grains, green leafy vegetables and buckwheat. Daily protein intake should be 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight.
If you are not sure whether you are taking enough protein, pay attention on these are signs:
Lust for sweets
One of the first signs of insufficient protein intake is eating something sweet and you never feel completely full. You probably asked yourself, why don’t I crave meat and eggs? Well, the main function of protein is to maintain constant blood glucose levels, but with a shortage of protein and you have a sudden drop in blood glucose and desire for foods that will quickly give you energy, such as candy.
This explains why many vegetarians (if you do not pay attention to adequate intake of protein from non-animal sources) crave for chocolate. If you eat for breakfast only cereal with milk, now you will get the energy, but you will soon get hungry.
Balance your blood sugar is essential for concentration, but with the lack of protein you feel like you cannot function normally. Of course, your brain needs proteins to feel good. If you looking for a permanent solution in carbohydrates such as bagels or cookies, you can get instant energy and then again decrease energy along with the feeling that you cannot focus.
Proteins build up all the cells in the body, including the hair follicle. Strong follicles will keep your hair on. However, if you chronically lacks protein, you may notice that your hair is falling more and that your hair thinner.
You feel weak
Proteins are essential for building muscle, but with insufficient protein intake muscles gradually weaken.
You are sick frequently
Without enough protein you will not have good immunity. Therefore, if you notice that you more often pick up a cold or a virus than other people, but otherwise you are in good health, maybe the reason to blame is a shortage of protein in your body.