Story: Healthy Tips - Protein
Presenter: Julie Meek
Air Date: 4th October 2020
Protein is essential for the repair and regeneration of cells, and is one of the front-runners for fighting viral infections. It’s important to make sure you are getting enough in your diet.
- Too little protein in the diet can lead to symptoms of weakness, fatigue, apathy and poor immunity.
- Protein is made up of amino acids, which are just like building blocks similar to Lego and are classified as essential or non-essential. Essential amino acids cannot be manufactured by the body and must be taken in through diet.
- Food sources of protein are classified as either complete or incomplete proteins, based on whether they contain all the essential amino acids or not.
- Plant based foods are lower in total protein, which means that a greater volume needs to be consumed to get the equivalent amount of protein found in animal foods.
- Plant based foods such as legumes are incomplete proteins, so consuming a wide variety of plant-based foods is key. For example, each different variety of legumes contains slightly different combinations of amino acids, and mixing and matching throughout a day (then over a week) will ensure proteins combine.
- Just remember that meat eaters can get all their proteins in one meal, but plant based diets need a bit more care and thought.
- For a quick protein hit, try adding skim milk power to a glass of milk.