Protein. Your body must have it. It provides the fuel that gets you through the day and provides the building blocks for strong, healthy muscles and bones. Whether you’re looking to manage a healthy weight, build muscle, or simply eat better, learn why bone broth protein should be a part of your healthy lifestyle in this blog post.
The popularity of bone broth protein is gaining momentum in the natural health realm. After all, it’s a source of important building blocks for developing the muscles, tissues, and bones in your body. But first it’s important to understand why protein is crucial to maintaining your health.
What Does Protein Do?
Protein is an important part of a healthy diet. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends ingesting 50 grams of protein a day in a typical 2,000 calorie diet. (Some may have different calorie requirements depending on age, gender, and weight.) The FDA’s protein fact sheet explains that protein, among other things:
- Provides necessary energy to the body with four calories in every gram.
- Helps build and repair cells and tissue.
- Is important for many of your body’s process and functions, such as fluid balance, vision, and hormone production.
But according to the FDA, not all protein is created equal. “They [proteins] are made up of different combinations of amino acids and are characterized according to how many of the essential amino acids they provide.”
Sources of Protein
Ensuring you get enough protein can be easy with some thought and planning. And it doesn’t have to be a boring dry chicken breast every single night of the week. Beef and poultry are a great source, as are nuts and seeds, beans and peas, soy, dairy products and eggs, as well as some vegetables and grains, according to the FDA. Though, vegetables and grains may contain a bit less protein than meats.
Protein is broken into three different categories: complete, incomplete, and complementary.
The FDA defines complete proteins as those that “contain all of the essential amino acids in adequate amounts.” Animal foods, such as the dairy products, eggs, meats, poultry and seafood, and soy mentioned above, are complete protein sources.
They go on to explain that incomplete proteins may be missing or simply don’t provide enough of one or more of the essential amino acids, thus making the protein imbalanced. Most plant foods are incomplete protein sources.
Complementary proteins are two or more incomplete protein sources that, when eaten in combination (at the same meal or during the same day), compensate for the other’s lack of amino acids. For example, grains and legumes eaten together, or that whole wheat toast and peanut butter you had for breakfast are considered complementary proteins.
How to Get the Protein You Need
If you’re working to manage your weight, build muscle as an athlete, or simply follow a healthier diet, bone broth protein may be an easy to way to add the much-needed nutrient into the mix.
EatRight.org, the website of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, points out that “while protein is critical in building muscle mass, more is not necessarily better. Simply eating large amounts of lean protein will not equate with a toned body.” Remember: The FDA recommends 50 grams per day. And for most adults, we get that amount through the foods we eat alone.
If you have the time and inclination, making a bone broth at home is a great way to work protein and other vital nutrients into your healthy lifestyle. There are lots of great recipes available for making your own bone broth. But if you want to save time and effort, bone broth protein supplements may be a great option.
Have you worked bone broth protein into your healthy diet? Do you have a favorite recipe or supplement? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!