Protein is essential for life and an important part of every cell in our bodies. The building blocks of protein, amino acids, are needed to repair cells, build and repair muscles, and to make hormones, enzymes, and antibodies. Protein can also influence our immune function and metabolism.
Although most people are eating enough protein, many could choose better protein sources and optimize how they distribute their protein intake throughout the day. For example, the average person eats too much protein for supper, and too little in the morning. Almost everyone can benefit from including some protein at most meals and snacks to help control blood glucose levels and feel full longer. Athletes, especially those engaged in intense training or strength training have higher protein requirements, and most could likely do a better job distributing their protein intake.
Read the rest Sheila's article here to find out about new daily protein requirements for athletes, the best ways to meet your protein needs, the protein content of common foods, and what a day's worth of protein look like.