One protein is as good as the next, right? As long as you’re getting enough, it doesn’t matter whether you get your protein from plants or animals?
Protein is the most important Macronutrient. Every piece of your body from your skin to your eyeballs to your hair to your muscles is made up of amino acids, which are made from proteins being broken down. There are 9 essential amino acids (Leucine, Lysine, Iso-Leucine, Histidine, Methoinine Phenlaylanine, Tryptophan, Threonine, and Valine… my trainer thought it would be good practice for me to be able to say these from memory…you know… introverts and cocktail parties) which you can only get from your food. So, what you eat is really important. A complete protein is a food that contains all 9 essential amino acids. Typically, complete proteins are found in animal products, with the exception of soy, quinoa, and amaranth. I’m gonna upset some folks here, but soy is not the winner we hear it is. It’s a phytoestrogen… which yeah, that estrogen. Soy messes with your hormones, and that doesn’t do anyone any favors. (Particularly those of us who already struggle in that department…uhem!)
Beans and lentils are incomplete proteins, which means you still need to pair them with something else to get all the amino acids that your body cannot make. Annnnnd… they typically have a 3:1 carbohydrate to protein ratio!! Which means, you’ll eat a lot of calories in carbs trying to get in enough protein!
Trying to get enough protein? Think lean meats, eggs, dairy, and even whey protein if you are not lactose intolerant. (Easy there, killer… no more than 50% of your intake should come in the form of synthetic protein.)
Think detoxing is a good weight loss strategy? Don’t miss tomorrow’s post…