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What is protein? Let's find out! 🤔

by Mike Williams June 07, 2019 2 min read

What is protein? Let's find out! 🤔

It's in your favourite meals, snacks, and drinks but what is protein?

Welcome to the Precise Posted Protein Protein Presentation or PPPPP for short 😎 Your quick start guide to the world of protein and why you need it. Let's begin!

First stop;Proteins are long chains of amino acids that form the basis of all life; with the human body consisting of around 100 trillion cells, each cell having thousands of different proteins. That's a lot of proteins! And most importantly for us, protein is a macronutrient that is essential to building muscle mass. Of the three macronutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Protein will generally comprise around 15% of a persons body weight with each gram of protein containing four calories.

Proteins comprise amino acids (organic carbon compounds), hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen. These amino acids are the building blocks of muscle mass, according to the National Institutes of Health and they know what they are talking about. This role in muscle mass creation is why they are also readily available as BCAA's (branch chain amino acids) in a lot of protein supplements and products, enabling you to top up your protein intake with ease. If you want some quick and easy BCAA's then head over here.

If your body was to lack protein, then muscle tissue is broken down to provide a source of protein that the body needs. Our bodies aren't as good at storing proteins as they are at storing fats or sugars; so it's important to keep replacing the protein that our body uses. 

So where can I get some of this precious protein?

Well, the most accessible source of protein is through animal products, but it is also available from other sources, such as legumes or nuts. All are good options for protein consumption, and it comes down to personal dietary preference. For example, whey protein is used when looking to build and regenerate muscle mass; if you're looking to bulk up, then this is what you may prefer.

To finish off here are some high protein meal ingredients to get you on the right path for maximising your intake:

  • Steak
  • Lean ground beef
  • Skinless chicken breast
  • Sockeye salmon
  • Greek yoghurt
  • Eggs
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Lentils
  • Peanut Butter
  • Quinoa 
  • Edamame

 So make sure you get your protein people! You need it, and depending on your lifestyle or goals you may need a lot more of it than you think.

 Don't forget! Visit the site for all your pick and mix protein needs.

Mike Williams
Mike Williams

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