We thought we’d focus on Protein; one of our favourite components on the plate! Although it has always been a staple of our modern diets and is recommended in dietary guidelines, people have only just begun recognising how important it really is!
Here are our top five reasons for loving it:
You feel fuller for longer.
Protein takes longer to digest than carbohydrates or fats, so leaves you feeling more satisfied and less likely to refill your plate.
It stops sugar highs.
Pairing protein with carbohydrates helps to slow down the absorption of sugar from your stomach into your bloodstream. Therefore, no sugar highs or lows, and no more cravings!
It promotes muscle & tissue repair and growth.
Protein is made up of ‘building blocks’ called amino acids that help to build and repair tissues such as skeletal muscle, bone, hair, finger and toenails, cartilage and skin.
It provides a rich source of vitamins and minerals.
Meat is a good source of vitamin B12, iron and zinc. Fish contains omega 3s (fatty acids which play an essential role in the function of our nervous system, including brain function).
Protein requires more energy to digest.
Have you heard of the thermic effect of food (TEF)? It refers to the energy we use to digest our foods. Protein has a higher TEF than carbs or fat, so you need more energy to process protein. We have to burn more calories to provide this extra energy – bonus!
Which foods contain protein? It’s found in a variety of foods: meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, nuts, seeds, soy and hemp. Meat, fish and poultry contain very high levels of protein and are usually considered the most popular sources.
And guess where else you can find protein? In our Protein Bars! Available in 4 flavours. So if you do need a protein hit mid-morning (now that you’ve discovered just how important protein really is for you!) then grab one of these and you’ll be set!