We all know that protein is the building blocks of life, and it is very important for us to have a regular intake of this nutrient.
It is very important for us to eat foods that are rich in protein, because it is present in our cells. Because of this, our body can repair the cells and generate new ones.
Often times, when we want to ingest protein, we turn to meat like veal, beef and pork, and we must remember that meat is not the only source of protein out there. In fact, there are better sources of protein than meat, and they are green. Peas and beans are very rich in protein and they also contain minerals like zinc and iron.
Why eat more protein?
In order to keep itself going, our body uses protein every day. Our immune system, our hair and skin, our digestive enzymes, all of them break down proteins and that is the reason why it should be replaced. Lower levels of protein in our body can create multiple problems like:
- Moodiness or mood swings
- Slow healing of cuts and wounds
- Poor concentration
- Changes in blood sugar levels
- Pain in the joints, bones and muscles
- Slow metabolism
- Low levels of energy
Protein helps in building muscle mass and it can directly affect the progress of weight loss. Men need to eat 56 gr. of protein daily, and women 46 grams.
Best sources of protein
It may come as a surprise for lots of people that are used to getting their protein from meat, but a study recently confirmed that legumes are better than veal and pork. Peas and beans are the ideal choice for people who want to lose weight, because they are more satisfying than pork. The study that we mentioned, involved 43 men who ate three meals a day with three patties made from legumes and meat. Researches then discovered that each time they consumed patties which were made from peas and beans, they ate 12% less calories in their next meal.
Legumes are more effective than meat because they contain higher amounts of fibers. But the interesting thing is that the researchers say that a person can eat a meal that is high in fiber, but it contains less protein ad achieve the same feeling of fullness.