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Are You Eating More Protein Than You Actually Need?

Adarsh Soni

5 min read

From nutrient-rich legumes to easily available energy bars—many of us consciously steer towards a protein-heavy diet. Turns out, it’s more about the quality of the protein rather than how much of it you consume.

Protein is one of the most important elements of a healthy diet; literally. The word protein derives its meaning from the Greek protos, meaning first, alluding to its significance in human nutrition. On a more molecular level, proteins are made up of amino acids that are the main building blocks of your body. They’re used to build muscles, tendons, organs, and skin, as well as enzymes, hormones and neurotransmitters that serve many important functions. While your body can produce some of these essential amino acids on its own, you have to get others from your diet. Generally, animal protein provides all essential amino acids in the right ratio for you to make full use of them. This is because animal tissues are similar to your own tissues. But that doesn’t mean strictly plant-based diets lack protein. In fact, some vegan options pack a lot more protein than their meaty counterparts.

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