Why Protein Is Important In Your Diet by Diana Atkinson

Why Protein Is Important In Your Diet

byDiana Atkinson

Kobo ebook | March 10, 2014

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Protein is an essential nutrient found in animal products, nuts, and beans. The name protein name comes from the Greek word protos, which means “first.” Your body uses proteins in your diet to build new cells, maintain tissues, and synthesize new proteins that make it possible for you to perform basic bodily functions.

 

To visualize a molecule of protein, close your eyes and see a very long chain, rather like a chain of sausage links. The links in the chains are amino acids, commonly known as the building blocks of protein. In addition to carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms, amino acids contain a nitrogen (amino) group. The amino group is essential for synthesizing (assembling) specialized proteins in your body.

 

The human body is chock-full of proteins. Proteins are present in the outer and inner membranes of every living cell.

 

About half the dietary protein that you consume each day goes into making enzymes, which are specialized worker proteins that do specific jobs, such as digest food and assemble or divide molecules to make new cells and chemical substances. In a nutshell it is essential for life.

 

Title:Why Protein Is Important In Your DietFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 10, 2014Publisher:Diana AtkinsonLanguage:English

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ISBN:9990044158014

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