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Power of Protein

Power of ProteinThe health effects of fat and carbs are controversial and there are many diets out there that cuts them out. However, almost everyone agrees that protein is important for your health and well-being of your body. 

Most people eat enough protein to prevent deficiency, but some individuals would do better with a much higher protein intake. Eating enough protein is not just for athletes or body-builders. It is necessary for a healthy immune system and required for organs like your heart, brain, and skin to function properly. The nutrient is also touted for its ability to help control appetite and enhance muscle growth. 

Here are some reasons backed by science on how protein is good for you. 

 1. LEAN MUSCLES AND STRONG BONES 

Protein is the building block of your muscles. The misconception of protein is eating plenty of protein can help increase muscle mass and strength and that its only used by body-builders. But numerous studies have shown that protein is also essential for muscle recovery after exercise and to build strong bones.  

People who eat more protein tend to maintain bone mass better as they age and have a much lower risk of osteoporosis and fractures. 

This is especially important for women, who are at high risk of osteoporosis after menopause. Eating plenty of protein and staying active is a good way to help prevent that from happening. A diet high in protein can also help prevent muscle loss during weight loss. 

  2. MANAGING YOUR WEIGHT  

Weight Management

Protein keeps you full and satisfied for a longer period of time than carbohydrates because they take longer to digest. This results in smaller portion sizes and less frequent snacking, which can help a person maintain or lose weight.  

This is partly because protein improves the function of weight-regulating hormones like reducing ghrelin, a hormone that makes you feel hungry, and boosting the levels of peptide YY, a hormone that makes you feel full.  

It will help you reduce those daytime cravings or late-night snacking.  

3. DOES PROTEIN HARM MY KIDNEYS? 

There is the misconception that high protein intake harms your kidneys. This idea comes from the recommendation for people with poorly functioning kidneys (usually from pre-existing kidney disease) to eat a low-protein diet.  

However, while protein can cause harm to people with kidney problems, it does not harm those with healthy kidneys.