Shakes and bars increase energy, replace meals, help manage
weight and are convenient and healthy
Protein - it is one of the 3 major categories of
nutrients we consume on a daily basis, the others being
carbohydrates and fats. But what is so significant about having
right amounts and types of protein in our diet? Protein
is made up of 20 amino acids, 9 of which are essential and can
only be gotten by consumption. That means the other 11 can be
produced by the body. Proteins are the
building blocks of muscle and, therefore, strength.
Muscle is primarily comprised of protein and water, hence another
important reason to stay well hydrated.
Protein plays an important role in many
functions of the human body. It helps your immune system
by creating antibodies to ward off disease. It
helps muscles repair and grow. But not just muscle, it
is a component of every cell in your body. Although protein can
be used as a source of energy, it is best to consume
carbohydrates for this purpose, so that protein can be reserved
for other functions.
Protein from animals are complete in that they contain all 20
amino acids. Sources would include meat, fish and dairy
products. Other sources of protein include legumes (like beans
and lentils) and grains, seeds, nuts and vegetables. For
vegetarians, it is important to combine legumes with at least 2
plant sources in order to get complete protein. This is why it
is more of a challenge for vegetarians to acquire the necessary
amounts and types of protein.
Another excellent method of supplementing your protein needs is
by consuming protein shakes as a meal replacement and bars as
snacks. Again, this is especially important for active