Protein is an essential nutrient that is needed for many bodily functions, including growth, repair, and maintenance. It is also involved in the production of enzymes, hormones, and antibodies. Protein is found in all living cells, and it is the most abundant nutrient in the human body.
The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein is 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight. This means that a 150-pound person would need about 54 grams of protein per day. However, to make any meaningful improvements to athletic performance, muscle-building, or to preserve muscle during a diet, upwards of 1.0g per lb of bodyweight is recommended.
There are many different sources of protein, including animal products such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy products. Plant-based sources of protein include beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, and tofu.
Protein is an important part of a healthy diet. It can help to:
To ensure that you are getting enough protein, make sure to include a variety of protein-rich foods in your diet. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, you can still get enough protein by eating a variety of plant-based protein sources.
Here are some tips for getting enough protein:
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