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The Evolution of Protein



Let's talk protein!

 

Proteins are the workhorses of life, essential for nearly every biological process. Proteins play a critical role in every cell and tissue in the body. Protein helps repair and build your body’s tissues, allows metabolic reactions to take place and coordinates bodily functions. In addition to providing your body with a structural framework, proteins also maintain proper pH and fluid balance. Proteins keep your immune system strong, transport and store nutrients and can act as an energy source, if needed.

 

To say the least, protein is an epic complex molecule.


 

Within the past decade (2014-2024) the discussion of protein has seen a significant shift in our culture. Not only has the discussion around protein and its usage become more common in our society but the viewpoints on the molecule itself has changed. Here is a break of this evolution;

 

From Muscle Building to Overall Health:

  • Traditionally, protein was heavily associated with building muscle mass, a focus primarily in bodybuilding and fitness circles.

  • Now, there's a broader understanding that protein is essential for many bodily functions, from cell repair to enzyme production.  

Rise of Plant-Based Diets and Alternative Protein Sources:

  • The rise of vegetarian and vegan diets has led to a surge in interest in plant-based protein sources like legumes, tofu, and tempeh.

  • Innovation has brought new options like pea protein and mycoprotein (made from fungus) to the market.  

Protein for Specific Needs:

  • The conversation has become more nuanced, with protein needs recognized as varying based on age, activity level, and individual health goals.

  • There's increased focus on protein quality, with complete proteins (containing all essential amino acids) gaining importance.  

Concerns and Misconceptions:

  • While protein is crucial, there's a growing awareness of potential downsides to excessive protein intake, like strain on kidneys and potential for bone issues.

  • Balancing protein with other macronutrients like carbs and healthy fats remains a focus for balanced nutrition.  

Technology and Personalized Nutrition:

  • The rise of fitness trackers and apps with personalized protein recommendations reflects a growing desire for tailored dietary advice.  


Overall, the perspective on protein has shifted from a singular focus on muscle building to a recognition of its broader role in health. There's a growing interest in plant-based sources, a focus on quality and individual needs, and an awareness of potential downsides to overconsumption.



 

How we address protein in our own lives is important to our overall health and well-being. A lot of people now emphasize the consumption of protein in their daily diets. This is amazing because proteins are the building blocks of the body. But it is important to note that an increase in protein is not necessarily what every human body may need.

 

As stated above, an influx of protein (or the wrong type of protein) can impose a negative affects on your metabolism, kidneys, and liver. So when calculating your protein consumption it is important to source your protein, factor your weight and consider your fitness level/goal. There are coaches, apps and calculators out there that can you with this.

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