Protein: Common Or Lost Link
Protein: Common Or Lost Link
Most of us associate the word diet with calorie reduction. This is understandable, as most diet marketing is unremittingly focused on presenting consumers low calorie choices.
Unfortunately, this way of thinking is categorically incorrect. The uncomplicated evidence that any nutritionist will verify is that everyone is on a diet. Even those who do not want or need to lose weight are on a diet, as are those who are gaining weight. Dieting has nothing to do with reducing calories, and everything to do with choosing calories. The foods you "choose" to eat determine the type of diet you are following.
In fact, for the digestive system and intestines, a candy bar and celery stalk are not considered junk food or diet food. Both are viewed simply as food. The candy bar leads to a speedy glycemic reaction and the production of fat cells. Celery doesn't. Still, the body doesn't label one as garbage and the other as dietary food. In fact, everything that the body ingests, tries to use it in the best possible way.
However, outside of the body's neutral intelligent internal systems, the term diet persists in our often quite misguided external world of advertising, marketing, and diet plans. As such, we can group diets into two categories: purposeful and accidental.
Deliberate diets are designed with specific requirements, such as those designed to lose weight, gain weight, and maintain weight. Deliberate diets are often what people refer to when they use the general term "diet." This contrasts with the other type of diet called "accidental diet". Accidental diets have no requirements and go to a simple song: eat whatever, whenever, and the body will take care of itself.
However, despite the fact that there are two terms for dieting, deliberate and accidental, there is a denominator that unifies them both: protein. All diets, even accidental ones, require protein.
Proteins and the amino acids that make up proteins are essential to life itself. Every structure within the body depends, precisely or discursively, on protein. In fact, because protein regulates hormones, some cases of depression or anxiety are instigated and perpetuated by a lack of protein or by the body's inability to strengthen its neurological system with this critical macronutrient.
However, for those who follow a diet, and that includes everyone, the importance of protein is more pragmatic. Many deliberate diets like the Atkins diet and the South Beach diet restrict carbohydrates, while others restrict fats. That leaves protein. Protein is the common link between all nutritionally healthy diets. But is it also the missing link? Or are proteins easily accessible and present in the food we eat?
Interestingly, most American foods and snacks are protein deficient. In fact, complete protein is absent from 6 of the top 10 foods eaten in the US. And it is absent from the 10 of the most popular snacks (see the box at the end of the article). This protein shortage in the American diet refers to both the absolute amount of protein, which is recommended to be a minimum of 50 grams per day, and the type of protein as well. The best protein is a "complete protein," which includes all 19 amino acids. However, even people who ingest 50 grams of protein may not be eating complete protein. As such, these people sometimes unintentionally suffer from some form of protein malnutrition and experience symptoms including drowsiness, digestive problems, emotional disturbances, and other adverse physiological effects.
Therefore, to achieve a balanced diet, regardless of diet regimen, an appropriate level of complete protein must be present at every meal. This, of course, is easier said than done for most time-hungry people. Unfortunately, these people are more than hungry for time; they are also often hungry for macronutrients.
Pennsylvania-based Protica Research has developed a protein drink to meet the protein needs of consumers, dieters, diabetics, students, and others. Profect is an advanced drink that supplies 25 grams of protein in less than 3 fluid ounces. It is packaged in an unbreakable vial in the form of a test tube and can be consumed in 2 or 3 seconds. Similar to a multivitamin, Profect can be taken immediately before a snack or meal to fortify it with 50% of the US protein RDI. USA And the full spectrum of water soluble vitamins.
Profect can turn an "empty calorie" snack into a full meal. Its macronutrient and micronutrient profile fills the nutritional gap found in most meals and snacks. It does this by combining with the carbohydrates and fats generally present in most foods and thus completing the "nutritional trifecta" required by the body to eat.
Of course, this is only the first step. A genuinely healhful diet must also understand how to properly eat the other members of the macronutrient kingdom, including fats and carbohydrates. In reality, since many diets revolve around fluctuating carbohydrates and fats, understanding how to properly consume these two sources of body fuel is essential for optimal health. However, which fats and which carbohydrates reign? Which ones add weight and which ones really help the body's metabolism to function more effectively? The answers to these questions will be revealing to most dieters, and will be the cornerstone of dieting for many consumers.
The 10 most popular foods in the USA
1) Fresh produce and processed vegetables
2) Milk and cream
3) Flour, bread and cereal products
4) Meat, Poultry and Fish
5) Sugar and other sweeteners
Oils and fats
10) Ice cream and frozen yogurt
The 10 most popular snacks in the USA
1) chocolate bars
2) fries and pretzels
4) Bars without chocolate
5) chewing gum
6) Stuffed cookies
9) granola bars
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Protein: Common Or Lost Link
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