EN on Foods

August 2015 Issue

Protein Quality Counts

Choose high-quality proteins—lean meats, fish, poultry, legumes, eggs, dairy, and nuts—to build a better body.

There’s truth to the saying “you are what you eat.” Our bodies take what we eat, break it down, and use the parts to build everything we need to live, grow, and stay healthy. Think of a fish fillet as made out of tiny building blocks. When we eat it, our bodies take apart the blocks and use them to build other things in our bodies, like cell walls, muscle fibers, and enzymes. In proteins, these building blocks are amino acids, nine of which are essential because we must get them from food. A “high quality” protein food is technically one that has all the amino acids you need packaged in such a way that they can easily be broken apart and reused by the body.

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