Protein for Dummies
Now, I think most people don’t understand what protein is or does, due to its complex nature and the scientific explanations that we’re given. I’ll try to explain how I understand it.
Simply, think of protein as a little builder inside your body. He goes around checking for damaged tissue (what your body is made of) and for places where new tissue is needed. It then repairs, maintains and builds new tissue. Your organs, muscles and even the immune system are made mostly of protein! Your body uses the protein you eat, to assign these little builders with specific jobs. Protein protects your body from disease and keeps it functioning properly.
How much protein does your body need each day? Well, it depends on your body weight. But you can get a rough estimate here or by simply dividing your weight by 2.2 (don’t be scared of the decimal).
Got it? Good.
Amino Acids for Dummies
Once you eat protein, the digestive juices in your stomach break it down into smaller parts, called amino acids. They are often referred to as the building blocks of proteins. This is because once the protein is broken down into amino acids, they can then be used to recreate thousands of new combinations of proteins. However, there are only 22 amino acids which are essential for our health and 9 of them our body can’t produce.
So when we look for food that’s high in protein, because we now know it’s importance, it’s equally as important that it has a good balance of the 9 amino acids. Foods that contain these 9 in harmony are called complete proteins. Meats contain all the essential amino acids within their protein, but also carry a lot of health hazards as well. Instead, a healthy diet will get you all the amino acids that you need. Your body will naturally pool amino acids and form complete proteins. But there are healthy organic sources which already contain complete protein.
So I’ve compiled a list of the healthiest organic sources that are high in complete protein.
9 Healthiest Sources of Complete Protein
Spirulina & Chlorella
While these healthy protein sources may sound plain and unappetizing to some, they shouldn’t! You can make delicious salads, soups and a variety of other things using these ingredients. You can use them as toppings, or as a side to other dishes. There are a ton of creative ways, if you can’t think of anything, just ask in the comments bellow or on our facebook page and I’m sure people will be happy to give you some recipes or tips.
And since I’m a nice human being, I worked hard and made a nice picture to sum everything up and for you to share.