Protein: A Major Nutrient

Protein Foods

Protein: A Major Nutrient

Protein is the second major nutrient needed by your body. Your body uses protein to build and repair body tissue. Muscles, organs, bones, skin and many of the chemical messengers in your body are made of protein. Protein can also provide energy for your body if carbohydrates are not available.

Protein Foods: Major Nutrient
Protein Foods: Major Nutrient

Amino Acids

Protein is a chain of building blocks called amino acids. In the human body, there are 22 amino acids. They combine with each other in an almost infinite number of ways. The human body can only make 13 of the 22 amino acids it needs for survival. This means nine of the amino acids must come from the foods we eat.

You get amino acids from eating plant protein or by eating the meat from animals that consumed protein.

This major nutrient of protein is found in the following foods.

  • Meat. Almost any meat is a source of the major nutrient, protein.
  • Poultry. Chicken is a favorite source of the major nutrient or protein.
  • Fish and shellfish. Important parts of a healthy and balanced diet. They are good sources of high quality protein and other nutrients.
  • Eggs. Eggs also provide vitamin A, riboflavin, and other vitamins and minerals.
  • Cheese. Right along with calcium, you get protein! Cheese. A wonder food.
  • Milk. Full fat, low fat or fat free, they are all a good source of this major nutrient.

Grain, legumes and nuts also contain protein. Other sources include foods such as oatmeal, lentils and peanuts.

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Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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