Why do you eat protein..?

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What do you have for breakfast – a cinnamon roll? Maybe a bowl of oatmeal or another breakfast cereal? How about a slice of toast and jam? Do you drink a soda with it? Milk? Coffee or tea? Fruit juice? Which of these foods build and repair your body?

We need protein to repair the body and to make new cells? To use protein we must also have some fat. Often we find protein and fat together in foods like meat, eggs, fish and whole milk.

Animal proteins contain the eight essential amino acids from which our body can make the other fourteen non-essential amino acids. These 22 amino acids are combined to form 50,000 different proteins to make all the cells, tissues, organs, muscles, nerves etc that make “us”.

Animal sources where protein and fat are found together are beef, elk, venison, buffalo, milk and dairy products, eggs, lamb, pork, poultry, fish and other sea creatures.

Plant sources of protein are incomplete proteins. That is, one of the essential acids is missing or is very low. Many authors recommend combining two or more kinds of plant proteins – a grain and a bean. Grains and beans are both low in fat so in their preparation use some fat like avocado, olives or olive oil, coconut oil or sunflower oil.

Beans will include black beans, garbanzos or chick peas, lentils, kidney beans, peanuts, great northern, soy beans, small white and anazasi beans.

Grains include buckwheat, wheat, barley, corn, oatmeal, rye, spelt, kamut, rice, quinoa, amaranth and millet.

Nuts include brazils, cashews, filberts, macadamia, pecans, walnuts (black and English)   and seeds like flax, pumpkin, poppy, sesame and sunflower all contain some fats and protein. Nuts can be combined with grains and beans.

Proteins are the  building blocks of our body and hormones and enzymes. We need protein for normal growth, for body repairs, for blood clotting and to regulate the acid/alkaline balance of our body.

Broth is an inexpensive nutritious addition to your repertoire made from any and all bones. Save the bones! A crock pot is adequate for a chicken carcass. Broth is protein sparing, tasty and delicious as a warm drink, as the liquid in soups and stews and to cook grains.

Some proteins and fats are needed at every meal to make sure your body has the building blocks it needs.

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