Proteins are essential macronutrients for the human body. We need protein to stay healthy regardless of any stage of lifespan such as adults, elderly or children, this is because protein plays an important role in our body. The structure of our body such as skin and muscles are made up of cells, and proteins form a major part of lean body tissues. Besides, proteins help with our immune system, skin health, improve your strength and bone development. Some of the body structures such as organs, enzymes, hormones, hairs and nails are also made by proteins.
Amino acids are the building blocks for protein, our body needs around 20 types of amino acids to build up protein. There are two kinds of amino acids: essential and non-essential amino acids. Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body so we must obtain them from our diet whereas non-essential amino acids can be made by the body. We must get all types of amino acids in order to build different types of proteins. Most of the essential amino acids are from animal-based food such as meat, seafood and eggs, so vegetarians are required to consume a variety of vegetables, nuts and beans to get all types of amino acids. In general, a variety of vegetarian foods can provide good quality of protein.
According to current research, it recommends that contribution of protein to total daily energy intake should be 10-15%. Physical activity level and some other factors such as age that can affect protein intake daily. If a person’s total energy intake per day is 2000kcal, he should get 50 to 75 grams of protein daily. Proteins in the human diet are derived from two main sources, namely animal proteins and plant proteins. Nowadays, most people are more likely to take animal-based proteins such as red meat and poultry. Studies show that high animal protein increases kidney’s workload, heart disease risk and higher mortality rate. The choice of protein source is important, we can increase intake of plant-based protein instead of animal-based protein.
So if we are hard to meet protein requirements daily or do not have time to eat? We can choose a high-quality protein product as a meal replacement to replenish our protein requirement daily.
We can choose Pea Protein 18 Grains as our choice. It is a high-quality protein option that contains 18 types of amino acids, including 9 types of essential amino acids that cannot be made by the body. Besides, Pea Protein 18 Grains also contain 28 types of vitamins and minerals that are necessary for us.
Last but not least, Pea Protein 18 Grains is a plant-based complete nutrition beverage. It does not contain gluten, lactose and cholesterol therefore it is suitable for all populations, especially vegetarians and for those with lactose intolerance.
Name: Wong Yan Xiang
Education: BSc(Hons) Nutrition with Wellness, UCSI University