Protein helps to normalise blood sugar levels and decrease appetite.
Protein is broken down by the body during digestion into amino acids. These are essential for the growth and repair of all body tissues, as well as many other complex roles within the body.
Protein should to make up 30 per cent of our total food intake.
- Aim to consume protein from a variety of natural sources.
- Choose lean meats, fish, legumes, eggs, nuts and seeds - they do not have excessive levels of carbohydrates or saturated fats.
- Red meat can be high in saturated fat; choose chicken breast instead.
- Milk is a good source of protein, but it is high in sugars.
- Be aware that cheese can be high in saturated fat.
It is important for vegetarians to eat a wide variety of
legumes, nuts and seeds. Not all plant sources have amino acids, so
it is important to eat the correct volumes of different
protein sources to achieve the recommended intake.