Protein: Why EVERYONE Needs It

You may have heard that only athletes need protein, or that if you eat too much, you’ll get bulky. WRONG. Protein is an essential macro-nutrient that our bodies need to develop, grow, and function properly…the way humans are supposed to.  

One of the main benefits of protein is it’s ability to aid in maintaining our muscle mass, especially as we age. Don’t think muscle mass like Mr. Olympia; think muscle mass like everyone needs muscle of some kind to maintain our posture and allow us to do daily tasks (function.) If you didn’t have muscle, you’d be a blob of skin and bones - unable to move. Even with exercise as simple as going on a walk, your body is breaking down muscle tissue to do it, and you have to eat protein to rebuild that tissue.

Among the three macro-nutrients(protein, carbs, fats); protein is the most satiating. That means it keeps us fuller longer, which is a huge benefit if you’re trying to lose weight and keep it off.

Another benefit of protein is that it helps maintain our bone density, which is vital as we age. Keeping our bones strong and in-tact becomes more and more important as we get older so again, we can function on a daily basis. Throw in cognitive and immune function benefits and you’ve got a great argument that EVERYONE should be eating protein at every meal.

No, that doesn’t mean drinking 30 protein shakes a day, but it does mean that protein of some kind should be included in every meal of the day in some capacity. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of available protein sources. Pick something that’s as minimally processed as possible and roll with it! Yes, even your kids and grandma need to eat protein!

Here are some of my favorite sources:

  • Chicken breast

  • Grass-fed ground beef

  • Eggs

  • Fish (any kind)

  • Whey Protein Isolate(It’s Just Protein)

And for our vegan/vegetarian friends:

  • Quinoa

  • Nuts - my fav are macadamia

  • Beans (primarily garbanzo in humus)

Dean Xu