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Protein is one of the six essential nutrients. The body’s need for protein is depended on what stage of life you are in and how healthy you are. Protein works with the other essential nutrients to do its job. Protein contains nitrogen. The building blocks of protein are amino acids (Table 6-1). Only when we eat adequate amounts of carbohydrates and fats, can protein be available to fulfill the functions of protein. Excessive protein in the diet does not enhance the functions of protein. Consuming more protein than you require will result in protein being burned for energy or stored as energy for later use. Certain types of athletes and runners may require more protein than the RDA of .8 / kg.

Misconceptions:

You can build muscle by eating a lot of protein. (Does a race horse eat a lot of protein?)

Low carbohydrate, high protein diets are the best way to lose weight.

Discussion questions (choose one):

  1. Why are protein bars, shakes, powders, and amino acid supplements so popular?
  2. What key nutrients are lacking in a low carbohydrate, high protein diet?
  3. Are protein supplements just “big business” or do they have a purpose?