Wellness Wednesdays: Are you getting enough protein?

Protein is an essential part of our diet and many people simply aren’t getting enough. Protein is responsible for muscle growth and repair, transporting nutrients, maintaining our immune system as well as healthy skin, hair and nails. The amount of protein a individual should consume on a daily basis is dependant on their age, activity level, goals and weight.

 

The average sedentary adult should we consuming 0.8 grams of protein per Kilogram of body weight.

The more active we are the more protein we will require for muscle repair, growth and nutrient transportation.

The average active adult should be consuming 1.8 – 2.0 grams of protein per Kilogram of body weight.

The health effects of too much or too little protein are equally as harmful.

Here are a few healthy foods with a high protein content:

  • Fish ( Also high in Omega oils)
  • Lean Beef
  • Chicken and Turkey breast
  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Tofu
  • Milk and Yoghurt
  • Low fat cheeses
  • Eggs

If you have any other protein rich foods to suggest, please comment. We’d love to hear from you.