WHAT IS PROTEIN and why do you want to keep an eye on daily consumption levels? To understand the importance of protein you should first learn what protein is. Proteins are large molecules found throughout the body that cells need in order to function properly. The body contains trillions of cells each containing thousands of protein molecules. Without these proteins, every cell, tissue, and organ cannot do their jobs properly. Protein molecules are built from amino acids, which are typically called “the building blocks of life.” These building blocks’ primary function is to build, heal, and repair tissues — especially muscles.
It is important to remember that not all protein is created equal and the body uses 20 different amino acids in order to build proteins, and they are either classified as essential or non-essential. Nonessential amino acids are naturally produced by the body, while essential amino acids must be obtained through our diet — which is why being aware of the amino acid profile of what you eat and eating a balanced and nutritious diet is so vital.