Benefits of Protein

We have previously discussed macronutrients (macros) before, but to refresh your memory there are three macros: carbohydrates, protein and fat.  

Today, let’s talk about protein!  

Protein is an important building block of our immune system, helping us to heal and fight off infection. It also helps us to maintain, or build, lean muscle mass.

How much protein do I need? 

Everyone has different protein needs, and eating the right amount of protein is important. Your Dietitian can advise you on how much protein you need each day.

What foods contain protein? 
  • Poultry such as red or white meat, seafood such as tuna or prawns, and eggs. 
  • Dairy such as milk, yoghurt, cheese, and custard are complete protein sources. Complete protein sources mean they include all 9 essential amino acids that our body needs. 
  • Legumes are high protein and contain other nutrients that can lower cholesterol, as well as fibre. Good choices include beans, chickpeas, lentils, split peas and soybeans. 
  • Tofu is high in protein and is a great substitute for meat or poultry.  

Protein snacks are great if you are watching your calories, as protein can help you feel fuller for longer. Always try to incorporate a small amount of protein in every meal to help you feel satisfied, whilst following a balanced diet by eating from all food groups.