What is this illusive protein? What does it do? Do I need it? How do I get it? Can you only get it from meat? What about Tofu?
Protein is one of the most misunderstood of the macronutrients but is also pretty darn important. And not just for people looking to get some gains now the gyms are reopened.
Lots of things have protein in them, for example broccoli: every 70g of broccoli contains around 1.4g of protein. However, this isn’t a very good SOURCE of protein as that is considered proportionally small. Whereas 70g of tofu contains around 10.6g of protein so it is considered a SUPER GREAT source.
But what do all these numbers mean? The amount of protein you need in a day will vary from gender, activity level, height and age so all these need to be taken into account when working out how much protein you need to consume.
But really it is not something that needs a whole load of thought, eating tofu regularly will put you in a good position so you won’t have to worry: ‘am I getting enough?’
What is protein actually for?
Do I need protein? Can you only get protein from meat?
If you have gone veggie or vegan you may be familiar with the question ‘but where do you get your protein from?’ If you aren’t a veggie you very well might have asked this question to others when you find out they don’t eat meat.
This suggests to you that…
1. Clearly protein is needed
2. I must only be able to get it from eating meat, since no one was concerned for my protein intake before I went veggie.
For question one… Yes, you do need protein and yes it is an important macronutrient. Proteins are made up of amino acids, think of them as building blocks in your body, which are used to repair muscles bones balance your hormones. Having have a regular intake of protein in your diet is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle.
But…for question two, can you only get it from meat? Absolutely not! Protein is found in abundance in the plant world. Tofu being one of these.
Just look at Patrik Baboumian We bet he eats a boat load of tofu!
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