Foods high in protein are mainly meat. Proteins can be found in red meats (beef, veal, lamb ...), white meats such as chicken or turkey, milk, eggs, but also in some vegetables such as soybeans.
Chicken (lean meat) is an excellent source of protein (30% protein) which has the particularity to contain little fat (5% fat), unlike red meats (beef 22% fat, pork : 45% fat ...).
Regularly eat foods high in protein is essential for proper functioning of the body. For a normal adult, it is recommended to ingest between 0.88 and 2.2g of proteins per pound per day.
Proteins play 3 essential roles in the body:
- They make up the muscles and organs
- Proteins will also be used as a last resort as fuel to produce energy
- Proteins are also involved in many chemical reactions such as digestion, immune defense, transportation of nerve impulses or oxygen in the body.
Proteins play an important role for the organism, so regularly consume foods high in proteins is important for the health.