Monday, 23 February 2015

Am I Getting Enough Protein?

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Protein is important for building and repairing all kinds of tissues in our bodies, including nails, hair, bone, blood and skin. Protein also plays a role in our hormones and in stabilising our blood sugar levels.

If you are protein deficient, you may experience dry, flaking skin, hair and nails, a 'foggy' head, sugar cravings/constant snacking (remember - protein helps stabilise our blood sugar), and a general lack of energy.

The recommended protein intake is 0.8g of protein per kg of body weight.
So, if you weigh 60kg, you will need 48g of protein a day.

Here are a few protein sources:
100g kidney beans = 9g protein
100g peas = 5g protein
100g peanut butter = 25g protein
100g cooked lamb = 25g protein
1 boiled egg = 6g protein
100g hummus = 8g protein
100g cottage cheese = 11g protein
100g spinach = 2.9g protein
100g cooked quinoa = 4.4g protein
132g LSA = 26g protein

You may have noticed that many of these I listed are not meat, and that is because it is so important that vegetarians are able to know where they can get their protein from.

Also, please check labels, as protein content will differ.

This is provided purely as information, not medical advice - if you are unwell, please seek assistance from your healthcare professional

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