Tuesday, 20 March 2012

The Importance of Protein

Protein is essential for humans. It repairs your muscles and is essential for bodily functions. There are many types of proteins e.g. Omega 6 and omega 9. They are both similar but are different.  Proteins are even more important for Body Builders because whenever a body builder works out they tear their muscles and when they rest, the proteins re-build the muscle fibres bigger and stronger. However protein malnutrition leads to the condition known as kwashiorkor. Lack of protein can cause growth failure, loss of muscle mass, decreased immunity, weakening of the heart and respiratory system, and death. 

Many people complain that being a vegetarian or vegan will lead you in to having a lack of protein in your diet. However there are a lot vegetarian options which are protein rich. A common example is Soya beans. Flax Seeds are a good vegetarian source of Omega 6(essential fatty acids) an alternative to fish. An advantage of vegetarian protein sources is that they are very low in saturated fats unlike other meat sources.  Vegetarians and Vegans need to have a wide variety of proteins to account for meat.  

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