Posts Tagged ‘amino_acids’

What I learned about proteins

In my Introductory Nutrition class this week, we learned all about proteins. I use the plural term because the singular protein is misleading – there are possibly unlimited quantities of unique types of proteins in living things. Most of the proteins in humans are made from combinations of only 20 amino acids. Of those twenty we usually hear about the 9 Essential amino acids, which are: Continue reading

Where do you get your protein?

The most common question I continually hear from anyone who has not read much about nutrition and food beyond what the media tells them. Happens so often, in fact, that 2.5 hours ago someone asked me just that. Americans are so brainwashed by the meat industry that: 1) we believe we are somehow supposed to be consuming massive amounts of protein daily; and 2) we are led to believe that ONLY by eating meat can we obtain protein.

Guess what? Consuming high amounts of protein is bad; the RDA is 0.36 grams of protein per pound that we weigh. Continue reading