Proteins (comprised of a variety of twenty amino acids) provide cell structure and serve as neurotransmitters between cells.
There’s protein in every cell of your body; it’s necessary for building and maintaining muscle.
It’s also important for cell metabolism to keep all your body’s systems working as they should.
Additionally, recent research has uncovered protein’s role in calcium retention, suggesting that protein improves bone health and maintains bone density as we age. (1,2)
Eating more protein in your regular diet isn’t a fad, it may be the best thing you can do for your health. And a good way to add more of this nutrient into your diet is by eating plant-based protein foods.
Protein and Carbohydrates
It’s true that a diet rich in protein supports weight loss through heightened metabolism and other mechanisms (3):
- Increases satiety (feeling full longer)(4)
- Lower calorie intake due to appetite reduction (5)
- Regulating blood sugar and increasing insulin sensitivity (proteins replace carbohydrates as part of daily food intake)
- Increasing muscle mass (muscle burns more energy than fat).