Since I first began my journey to a career in the field of nutrition, many of the questions I’ve been asked revolve around protein. Protein is the most sought after macronutrient by athletes, bodybuilders, and fitness fanatics because of its role in building muscle. However, the role of protein goes far beyond building muscle and extends into just about every square inch of our body. Protein plays a role in:
- Formation of muscles, bones, blood, skin, and cartilage
- Production of hormones, vitamins, and enzymes
- Building and repairing tissues
Unlike carbs and fat, protein is not stored in the body for later use and must be supplied through your diet on a daily basis. While most people get more than enough protein in their diet, it’s not just about the quantity but more importantly the quality.
Importance of Fat
Fat- the macronutrient we all love to hate. If you find yourself nitpicking at any flap of extra skin you should know that fat serves an important function in the body and each of us need it. Fat makes up the inner lining of our skin and hair and helps the body to absorb vitamins A, K, E, and D. In addition, fat helps to provide protection to our organs and leaves us feeling full and satisfied when included in a meal. Fat can come from both plants and animals but if you can guess, some are more beneficial than others. Although all sources of fat contribute the same 9 calories per gram, the unsaturated types of fat have been linked to certain health benefits, while saturated and trans fats have been linked to heart disease. When choosing fats, save yourself the heartache and opt for the unsaturated types in moderation. Down below are the sources of fats to limit and fats to include.