What is Protein?




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What is the Function of Proteins in Good Nutrition?

Foods containing Proteins

What are the Protein requirements for your family?

What are the Side effects of consuming Protein?




Protein is a nutrient whose name comes from the Greek word "protos", which means "first." Protein can be described as a very long chain with links. These links again represent amino acids, the building blocks of protein, which are essential for cell regulation, growth, and repair.

Our aim is to provide you with the best fact about protein requirements for your family.






What is the Function of Proteins in Good Nutrition?


The body needs protein to build:

  • new cells,
  • maintain tissues and
  • regulate cell function

About half of the protein consumed daily is converted into enzymes.

They are specialized proteins that regulate the speed of biological reactions in your body and permit it to perform functions such as digesting food and assembling or dividing molecules to make new cells and chemical substances. To perform these functions, enzymes often need specific vitamins and minerals

To make all the proteins that the body needs, 22 different amino acids are required. Nine are considered to be essential, meaning they are not synthesized by the body and must be obtained from protein rich food.

The other 13 are considered as non-essential amino acids because our bodies can produce them from fats, carbohydrates, and other amino acids.

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Food containing Proteins?


The following pictures shows you the best sources of protein.


Red Meatchicken meateggs
Red MeatChicken meatEggs
Fish MeatNuts Nuts
Fish meatCheeseNuts
legumes Nuts
LegumesSoy


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What are the Protein requirements for your family?


It is possible for your family to consume too much protein. The daily protein requirement for good health varies.

  • An average healthy adult man or woman needs about 0.8 grams of protein per every kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight.
  • Some people on diet usages high protein shakes together with supplements to ensure they do not become deficient in any nutrients.
  • It seems that muscle "turn to fat" in old age because as you grow older, new proteins are synthesized less efficiently, and muscle mass (protein tissue) diminishes while fat content stays the same or rises.
  • Body builders normally requires bulk protein powder to help them with mass gain.
  • Infants, adolescents, pregnant women, individuals with injuries, and athletes may often require more protein on a daily basis.


It is however advisable to check with your local medical practitioner for the recommended daily intake of protein according to your family’s circumstances.

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What are the Side effects of using Protein?


Several medical conditions make it difficult for people to digest and process protein properly. As a result, waste products build up in different parts of the body.

It is advisable to check with your local medical practitioner for the recommended daily intake of protein according to your family’s circumstances.

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