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Protein - Is Soy an Excellent Source of Protein for Health and Weight Loss Programs?

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How much protein does your body need on a daily basis? There is no one size fits all answer. The Institute of Medicine recommends that adults get a minimum of 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram of body weight per day. That is approximately 64 grams of protein for an adult that weighs 160 pounds.
Protein is in almost every body part including muscle, bone, skin and hair.
The human body needs approximately 20 different amino acids in order to synthesize proteins. The human body makes more than half of these amino acids on its own, while the remaining amino acids are not and cannot be produced by the body on its own, so they need to be supplied by eating foods that contain them.
Soy protein is considered a complete protein because it has all the essential amino acids the human body requires. The body does not store amino acids like it does fat and carbohydrates. So it needs to be replenished daily with food that contains the 9 essential amino acids that the human body requires and does not produce on its own.
Protein is very important to your overall health and can play an important role in a weight loss program. The body needs protein to maintain or build lean muscle mass.
Protein comes from either animal or vegetable sources. Soy protein is an excellent source for various reasons.
  • Contains all of the essential amino acids required for optimum health
  • Provides fiber, iron and naturally occurring ALA omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Low or no saturated fat
  • Cholesterol-free
  • Helps hunger control by feeling fuller
The popularity of soy protein has increased over the last several years, mainly because of its health benefits.
The FDA granted this health claim for soy protein: "25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease."
Soy protein isolate is the most refined form of soy protein. Isolate soy protein is a healthy base for meal replacement shakes and protein drinks.
Having a protein base meal replacement shake as part of a weight loss program is essential for getting your daily protein requirement. When evaluating a meal replacement shake, make sure it contains protein, vitamins and fiber. Also as important, make sure it has 0 trans-fat and saturated-fat.
It's important to pay attention to what comes along with the protein in your food choices.
While a 6-ounce broiled porterhouse steak is a good source of protein -38 grams worth, it also gives you 44 grams of fat, which 16 of them are saturated.
Protein mixes and drinks are another great way to add protein into your diet. Some of these products are designed to be added to other foods, while others are actually instant protein drink mixes.
One of the benefits of protein for a weight loss program is that it helps you feel fuller longer, which is a good way to help control hunger and reduce calorie intake. Protein drinks are great snacks between meals to help control hunger while supplying the essential protein needed to maintain a healthy body.
If you are into an exercise program or lifting weights to build muscle mass, a post work-out protein drink is a good way to help replenish the tissue and cells that are exhausted during the work-out.
This article is not intended to be medical advice. Always consult a doctor before starting any product, weight loss program or exercise program.
Protein is a criticial part of the daily diet. Just as important is what else comes with the source of the protein. Most aminal protein has higher amounts of saturates fats. Make sure it is low if any trans-fats, cholesterol and contains the 9 essential amino acids that your body needs and cannot product on its own.
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