Protein is vital for the healthy growth, development and repair of virtually all cells in the human body; from nails and hair to skin, organs, tissues and ligaments. In fact, protein accounts for around 17% of your total body weight!
All proteins are made up of different combinations of around 20 amino acids, which are often referred to as 'the building blocks of life'.
Amino acids are categorised into 2 groups: 11 non-essential amino acids produced naturally by the body, and 9 essential amino acids which the body is unable to manufacture directly and must be consumed regularly as part of a healthy diet.
Sources of Protein
Protein can be found in both plant and animal matter, making it possible for non-meat eaters to get all they need from a meat-free diet.
Protein from plants
No one plant contains all the essential amino acids needed by the body. This means that non-meat eaters should aim to consume a combination of different plant sources within their diet on a daily basis.
Good sources of plant protein include: soya products, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes and grains such as rice.
Protein from meat
Meat contains all the essential amino acids needed by the body. Good sources include oily fish such as fresh tuna, sardines and trout, as well as poultry, meat and animal produce such as eggs.
Due to the role of protein in building muscle tissue, it is often taken as a supplement for those looking to support and maximise the effects of their workouts. Holland & Barrett stocks a huge variety of protein supplements including:
Whey protein has one of the highest biological values of any protein supplement and is very kind on the digestive system.
Hemp Natural Protein Powder
Free from additives, preservatives and pesticides, Hemp Natural Protein Powder is a natural way to support your protein intake.
For those who prefer the added convenience of a snack bar rather than a milkshake powder, protein bars are ideal.
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