Yes, we really do need it. Protein is a macronutrient; in fact, it is one of the main nutrients that we need to maintain a healthy body. It helps to repair damage, supports the immune system and contributes to your overall feeling of wellbeing. It has been having a popularity surge recently, and not just with the body builders and their powdered drinks, but it has now been added to cereal bars, yoghurts, bread, porridge, soup and even rice.
How protein can help maintain your healthy body:
1. Keeps you feeling fuller for longer
When compared to both fats and carbohydrates, protein causes a much greater feeling of satiety so you’re less likely to overeat. That’s why it is better to eat a slice of cheese with your apple mid-morning or a handful of almonds or pumpkin seeds mid-afternoon rather than reaching for the chocolate
2. Improves mood
Amino acids, the building blocks of protein, are what our body uses to balance our hormones naturally, control mood and act as a natural remedy for anxiety. Protein also assists our happy hormones like dopamine and serotonin.
3. Balances energy level
Protein rich foods require far less insulin than carbohydrates or fats to metabolise. By having a minimal effect on your blood glucose levels, a high-protein diet can help prevent spikes which is important for balancing energy levels.
4. Promotes healthy brain function
Protein is also critical for cognitive function; so important for keeping your concentration, focus and energy levels on track.
5. Builds lean muscle
Body scans are becoming far more popular these days because more and more people are aware that your weight on the scales, isn't always reflective of forward progress with fat loss. By building lean muscle you're fuelling your metabolism and therefore your body can more efficiently burn fat.