An essential part of any diet, protein is a necessary component in the growth and maintenance of the human body. Found in every human cell, it is the primary building block in the development of bones, muscle, blood, skin, and cartilage. While the amount of protein needed per day varies by age, sex and level of physical activity, every person on the planet requires protein to live.
While meat, poultry, seafood, beans, peas, eggs, nuts and seeds are all sources of protein, some protein-rich foods are higher in saturated fat and cholesterol content than others. Making wise choices in the consumption of protein can make a major difference when it comes to living a healthy life.
Health Benefits of Protein
- Builds, maintains, and repairs cells
- Supports the immune system
- Boosts metabolism, increases satiety, and may help control hunger
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