power of protein
Want to know the secret to good nutrition? The secret is – it’s very simple! You don’t have to eat those low carb, high protein, keto, shakes, cabbage only or whatever fad diets are out there (unless your doctor, licensed nutritionist or registered dietitian prescribed you to a certain diet.). Food is medicine. If you eat the recommended daily amount of whole food carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamin/ minerals and drink plenty of water your body will be nourished correctly and in good health. However, please don’t forget about your spiritual and mental health. If these aren’t doing well then, your physical health will lack. Check out my posts on wellness and soul food if you need some help in those areas.
When you hear the word protein what first comes to your mind? Is it a big fat juicy steak? BBQ? Muscles? Greek yogurt? Soy? (I must admit I think of a big fat juicy steak.) There are no right and wrong answers!
In part 2 of Loves Way Health’s Nutrient Series I will be talking about the Power of Protein. There is so much more to protein than lean meats and building muscles for your body.
How much protein should a healthy adult (19+) eat? The RDA is 0.8 grams of protein for each kilogram of body weight.
Sample calculation: 160lb ÷ 2.2 = 72kg
72kg x 0.8 = 58 g protein
Eating the RDA ensures your body will have the protein it needs to perform its daily functions.
Eating too much protein can carry a higher risk of getting heart disease, kidney stones and cancer. Excess amounts of protein can be stored as fat. It can also crowd out other nutrient rich foods your body needs. In other words, eating too much protein can be unhealthy. (Do you really need all those extra protein shakes, bars and supplements?)
Protein is found in eggs, lean meats, seafood, poultry, dairy, dried beans, peanut butter (nut butters), nuts and soy. Veggies have a little amount of protein as well. I’m not advocating any type of diet lifestyle, i.e. metatarian, vegetarian, vegan. It’s your preference just as long as you are getting the RDA of protein. (Side note: don’t let anyone condemn you for eating meat or not eating meat. Righteousness is not based on what you eat or don’t eat!)
From all this fascinating information you see why I called this post the Power of Protein. Protein is a very essential nutrient for living an abundant life. Remember to calculate your RDA of protein to make sure you are getting enough protein or aren’t eating too much protein.
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Blake, JS, Munoz, KD, Volpe, S. Nutrition: from Science to You. second ed. Boston, MA: Pearson; 2014.
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Christina Leeman MPH, CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist) encourages, equips and empowers Christian women to live lives worthy of God.
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