Your Guide to Healthy Lifestyle
What is Protein?
Protein is the major components of the body. It is part of every cell, tissue, and organ in our bodies, such as hair, muscle, eye etc. These body proteins are constantly being broken down and replaced when damaged.
The protein from foods we eat is digested into a smaller unit called as amino acids. These amino acids are later used to replace the proteins in our bodies. There are two types of amino acid:
What are the sources of protein foods?
Protein in the diet derived from two sources, namely animal protein and plant protein. Most animal proteins contain all of the essential amino acids in sufficient amounts. However, plant protein may be low in one or more essential amino acids.In general, plant protein is of lower quality than animal protein. So, for vegetarians who avoid all animal protein (include milk & egg), they should balance up the essential amino acid by combining the different plant protein throughout the day.
What are the functions of protein?
Tips to choose protein sources wisely
Lai Huey Qin
B. Sc Dietetics, UPM