We all know that protein has always been recommended as part of a healthy balanced diet. However, it is only now that people are discovering the true power of protein for managing blood sugars and for effective weight loss. Yes protein can help you lose weight naturally. You also have a wide choice of proteins now other than whey to avoid dairy, such as vegan protein, beef protein and hemp protein powders.
So are there any other reasons to eat more protein? Yes there are. With the help of Explore Cuisine we look at 5 ideal reasons to include protein in your diet.
TO STOP SNACKING
Protein takes longer to digest than carbohydrates or fats, therefore you feel more satisfied and less likely to eat between meals! This has obvious benefits for anyone who is watching their weight.
HELP BALANCE SUGAR LEVELS
Combining protein with carbohydrates helps to slow the absorption of sugar from your stomach into your bloodstream. Therefore reducing sugar highs, sugar cravings and sugar crashes!
TO REPAIR MUSCLE & TISSUE
Protein is made up of ‘building blocks’ called amino acids that help to build and repair tissues such as skeletal muscle, bone, hair, finger and toe nails, cartilage and skin.
INCLUDE MORE VITAMINS & MINERALS
Eating protein can help you include more vitamins and minerals into your diet. Pulses and beans contain fibre, which helps ensure a healthy bowel. Meat and poultry are good sources of vitamin B12, iron and zinc (aim for lean cuts). Fish contains omega 3 fatty acids (which play a role in the function of our nervous system including brain function).
TO BURN CALORIES
Known as the ‘thermic effect of food’ (TEF), it refers to the energy we use to digest our foods. Protein has a higher TEF than carbs and fat, so you need more energy to process protein, which means we actually burn more calories to do this.