Protein is an essential macronutrient, and is important for our immune health, skin and bone health, muscle growth, and hormone regulation. Harvard Health recommeds we get around 0.36 grams of protein every day for every pound of bodyweight(calculate your protein needs now).
A complete protein is made up of all 9 amino acids, whereas an incomplete protein does not contain all amino acids. Here are some proteins that are "complete":
- Beef and Bison
- Dairy Products (milk, yogurt, or cheese)
- Soy products (tofu, edamame, etc.)
Most plant proteins are incomplete, though they can be combined to make complete forms of protein. Some examples of "incomplete" protein are:
- Nuts and Seeds
- Whole Grains
Protein Powders can be a good way to get in extra protein; however, they often contain sugar, artificial sweetners, and many proceed ingredients that aren't good for our health.
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